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Mother Marianne Cope to be canonized as saint on Oct. 21

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:37 a.m. HST, Feb 18, 2012

Mother Marianne Cope, a St. Francis nun who ministered to Hansen’s disease patients in Kalaupapa for more than 30 years, will be canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church during a ceremony on Oct. 21, according to her congregation.

The Vatican announced the canonization date today and declared Marianne's birthday, Jan. 23, as her feast day, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities said.

The ceremony will end a process that began 37 years ago in 1974 to declare Marianne a saint. Since the process began, the Vatican has recognized Marianne's intercession for the 1993 recovery of a New York girl dying of multiple organ failure and for the unexplained recovery in 2005 of a New York woman whose organs were being destroyed by an infection. Pope Benedict XVI declared Marianne a saint in December.

Marianne, known as the “beloved mother of outcasts,” entered religious life in 1862 in Syracuse, N.Y. and came to Hawaii in 1883 to provide health care to patients with Hansen’s disease, commonly known as leprosy. She arrived in Kalaupapa in 1888, about a year after Father Damien died of Hansen's disease. Damien became a saint in 2009.

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Anonymous wrote:
I love this! So happy to read that she will become a saint!
on February 18,2012 | 10:48AM
HollyJHuber wrote:
Could not possibly care less about this "saint" when the Catholic Church is spending billions to cover up child sex abuse!
on February 18,2012 | 12:13PM
onevoice82 wrote:
So if I follow your logic HollyJHuber, we should not celebrate Martin Luther King day because the majority of inmates in prison are black. We should not celebrate Abraham Lincolns birthday because he was an American president but so was Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton who were discusting discraces. Come on Holly, really?
on February 18,2012 | 02:02PM
HollyJHuber wrote:
You got it backwards. The Pope, the one who beatifies these so-called "saints", is a criminal who should be in prison. The Catholic Church is a disgrace, more like the KKK.
on February 18,2012 | 05:15PM
blackmurano wrote:
Canonizing saints is a "Roman Catholicism traditon." But what does God says in His Holy Bible. The Church (made up of born again Christians) made up of saints, that is, people who have been "sanctified" or set apart for God. A saint is not a dead person who has been honored by men because of his or her holy life. In 1st Corinthians 1:2 reads " to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Chrst our Lord both theirs and ours." No, the Apostle Paul wrote to living sainds, people who, through faith in Jesus Christ, had been set apart for God's special enjoyment and use. In other words, every true believer (born again Christian) is a saint because every true believer has been set apart by God and for God.
on February 18,2012 | 12:50PM
juke wrote:
im sure she was a great lady.but did she rise from the dead>give us the holy spirit?die on the cross as Jesus did.if you believe the whole bible is God's word and Jesus is the son of god.ROM10:9.and fellow Jesus man does not need to make you a saint or a church.
on February 18,2012 | 02:08PM
squidman22 wrote:
More idol worship feel good stories. Blind leading the blind.
on February 18,2012 | 04:43PM
USCdad wrote:
Marianne Cope came to Kalaupapa at the request of the Hawaiian Monarchy when no one else would. She and her fellow nuns provided medical treatment and ministered to a community that was totally outcast and isolated by the Kingdom of Hawaii. She did it with no guarantee that she wouldn't fall victim to the disease herself. She left her entire world behind to answer a call from King David Kalakaua. The Catholic Church is recognizing her life of self sacrifice and service to others in the name of Jesus. She was truly a remarkable woman that all of Hawaii can be proud of.
on February 18,2012 | 07:44PM
HollyJHuber wrote:
Saying "the Catholic Church is recognizing her life" is like saying the Nazi SS is recognizing Anne Frank.
on February 18,2012 | 08:02PM
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