VATICAN CITY, 19 DEC 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in
audience Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the
Causes of Saints, and authorised the promulgation of decrees concerning the
- Blessed Maria Anna Cope, nee Barbara, German religious of the
Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Syracuse U.S.A. (1838-1918).
- Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, American laywoman
With this approval of the second miracle for both Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha and Bl. Marianne Cope we can anticipate sometime this next year a canonization of TWO new American saints. Bl Mother Marianne is known for her work on the lepper colony in Hawaii with St. Damian. I know of many people in the diocese who have a devotion to Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha. How awesome will it be to have a Native American saint! Praised be Jesus Christ!