Monday, December 19, 2011

It's Official

This announcement came through the Vatican Information System today:

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
following causes:

- 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!

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