Monday, October 22, 2012

First Native American Saint Kateri Tekawitha

As the sun rose Sunday there were Native Americans in beaded and color-feathered headdresses and leather-fringed tunics singing songs with the beat of drums.

The "Lily of the Mohawks," Kateri Tekawitha was born in 1956 to a pagan Iroquois father and an Algonquin mother who was Christian. Kateri died in Canada at 24.

80,000 pilgrims in flowered lei and traditional garb gathered in Saint Peter's Square to celebrate seven more saints, including two Americans. 

Both Americans come from upstate New York and lived centuries apart.

Mother Marianne Cope arrived in Hawaii in 1883 to care for leprosy patients on Kalaupapa on Molokai Island.

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