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Bishop: Next Hawaii saint is an inspiration

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:30 p.m. HST, Dec 19, 2011

  Associated Press St. Francis School Principal Sister Joan of Arc Souza, left, and students Swamik Lamichhane, center, and Duke Knott place lei on a statue of Blessed Marianne Cope. The school, which is run by the St. Francis religious order to which Cope belonged, unveiled the new statue on Nov. 23.

The Diocese of Honolulu says the impending sainthood of Blessed Marianne Cope makes Hawaii “twice blessed” after the 2009 canonization of St. Damien.

Pope Benedict XVI approved seven new saints for the Catholic Church, including Hawaii’s Mother Marianne, who succeeded Damien in caring for leprosy patients exiled to a Molokai peninsula in the late 1880s.

Benedict signed decrees approving miracles attributed to the intecession of the seven, clearing the last hurdle before their canonizations.

Benedict also signed decrees that 65 Catholics died as martyrs during Spain's civil war and will be beatified, one step shy of possible sainthood.

Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva said Monday her sainthood and work at Kalaupapa serving the poor and outcast is an inspiration. He says “her impending canonization will give us courage to face the severe social and physical diseases that eat away at our society.” 

A reliquary of bone fragments from Marianne’s remains is on display at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu.

A date for canonization has not yet been set.


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waikane_honolulu wrote:
Please note that leprosy is an 18th century term. Correct terminology is Hansen's Disease.
on December 19,2011 | 10:00AM
Kawipoo wrote:
Sainthood is church politics. It has noting to do with miracles.
on December 19,2011 | 01:32PM
omd111 wrote:
Why are there miracles for some and not for others? Why are some more deserving than others? I can't believe a miracle is that you prayed to someone you got cured and it's considered a miracle. How about all those others that prayed and still succumbed to their illness. Why were their prayers not answered? Especially for those children dying of illnesses that I'm sure their parents and family are praying for. Never even had
on December 19,2011 | 05:11PM
Eradication wrote:
Leprosy is not an incorrect term. Both terms are correct. The term "Hansen's Disease" was given to the disease after Dr. Gerhard A. Hansen discovered the cure for Leprosy. Unfortunately, the people who contracted this disease were incorrectly referred to as "lepers" which carried with it a very negative stigma. While it is preferred that this disease be referred to as Hansen's Disease it is not incorrect to use the word leprosy. It is, however, very inappropriate to refer to people with the disease as "lepers". The few people still living on Kalaupapa are referred to as patients.
on December 19,2011 | 02:59PM
squidman22 wrote:
Decorating an idol. They've really missed the message and the mark.
on December 19,2011 | 09:51PM
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