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The Apostle of the Lepers is a saint at last

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SAINTS/DAMIEN DE VEUSTER

Pope Benedict XVI will very shortly canonise five new saints.

The “headliner” is Damien of Molokai (1840-1889), also known as Father Damien and the “apostle of the lepers”. His army of admirers includes US President Barack Obama, the New York Times, and countless Hawaiians who have made the long journey to Rome. If you are on Twitter, you can follow @HCHarold, the “face” of the Hawaii Catholic Herald, who is in the Eternal City and will be offering commentary on the day’s events.

The next most famous candidate for canonisation is Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879) , founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who, according to Le Figaro, once received a visit from Charles Dickens.

The Pope will also canonise the Polish archbishop Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski (1822-1895) and two Spanish religious: the Dominican Francisco Coll y Guitart (1812-1875) and the Trappist Rafael Arnaiz Baron (1911-1938).

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 11, 2009 at 9:24 am

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