Saturday, February 14, 2009

Honolulu Bishop to Attend Damien Announcement

Roman Catholic Church to canonise Damien as a Saint.
KITV Honolulu Feb. 13th: Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu is to travel to Rome this coming week to attend an announcement on when Father Damien will be canonized a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.The date is expected to be announced Feb. 21. Silva was invited to Rome by the Rev. Alfred Bell who is a member of Damien's order, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Damien arrived in Hawaii from his native Belgium in 1864. Nine years later he began ministering to leprosy patients on Molokai, where thousands had been banished amid an epidemic in Hawaii. After contracting the disease, he died April 15, 1889, at age 49.Damien was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1995. Last July, Pope Benedict XVI recognized a second miracle attributed to Damien's intercession.
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