Today the pope will officially recognize Father Damien as a saint. The Maui News has information and links to resources. from the Honolulu Star Bulletin: "Hundreds of Hawaii residents are expected to be in St. Peter's Square in Rome on Oct. 11 when Father Damien De Veuster is finally named a saint." AmericanCatholic.org describes a bit of the process. President Obama says,
Father Damien challenged the stigmatizing effects of disease, giving voice to the voiceless and ultimately sacrificing his own life to bring dignity to so many.
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