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Pope to bless sculpture of St. Damien

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:39 a.m. HST, Apr 17, 2012



 

The pope will bless a Maui artist’s sculpture of St. Damien.

Dale Zarrella is headed to Vatican City with high-ranking clergy from the Diocese of Honolulu for Wednesday’s blessing by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Maui News reported that a 3-foot-tall, 90-pound bronze replica of a young Damien will become part of the Vatican collection. Zarrella says a second statute will be installed and blessed at a Vatican City seminary school.

Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva’s visit to Rome will include a report to the pope on the state of the diocese.

Joseph de Veuster, a Belgian priest who became known as Father Damien, is known for caring for Hansen’s disease patients forced to live the Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai in the late 1800s. He became a saint in 2009.







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Frances wrote:
It would be even better if the Pope came here to Kalaupapa to bless the sculpture of St. Damien. If the holy man of the East - Dalai Lama - can manage the trip, why not the holy man of the West - the Vatican Pope?
on April 17,2012 | 08:07AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Get Omidyar to foot the bill and we'll see the Pope next week!
on April 17,2012 | 09:52AM
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