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Priest Who Aided Lepers In Hawaii To Become Saint
AP Report ^ | February 21, 2009

Posted on 02/21/2009 11:25:32 AM PST by Steelfish

Edited on 02/21/2009 11:34:41 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

VATICAN CITY – A 19th-century Belgian priest who ministered to leprosy patients in Hawaii will be declared a saint Oct. 11 at a Vatican ceremony presided over by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Rev. Damien de Veuster's canonization date was set Saturday during a meeting between Benedict and cardinals at the Apostolic Palace.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: priests

1 posted on 02/21/2009 11:25:33 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Here in Hilo, Hawaii at the Saturday morning Mass, it was announced that the feast day will be October 11.


3 posted on 02/21/2009 11:30:12 AM PST by jobim
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To: Steelfish

I wish that when reporting such things, the press would get it right: it’s not that Fr. Damien will become a saint soon, it’s that the Latin church will officially notice that he was and is one (called canonization by the Latins, though us Orthodox call it “proclaiming the glorification” of the saint—who is already glorified by the Holy Spirit, which is why he or she is a saint).


4 posted on 02/21/2009 11:32:49 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: jobim

I’ve always wondered what happened to the people on Molokai after that time. Guess I should do some research on it.

Are there still people living there?


5 posted on 02/21/2009 11:34:44 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: EggsAckley

There is a book called The Colony that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the history of lepers in Hawaii.


6 posted on 02/21/2009 11:40:20 AM PST by CollegeRepublican
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To: EggsAckley
People still live there and some of them are lepers. Richard Marks, the local historian and local tour guide and well loved character just passed away this last year. Kalaupapa is now a Federal/State park. Father Damien's old church is still there along with the old Protestant church.
7 posted on 02/21/2009 11:43:18 AM PST by fish hawk (Atheism is a non-prophet organization)
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To: The_Reader_David

Very true. The Church does not more than formally and officially recognize the “saintly” nature of the individual who is already with Him in paradise.


8 posted on 02/21/2009 11:44:15 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Interesting. Wasn’t there a movie with Spencer Tracy that was loosely based on this?


9 posted on 02/21/2009 11:44:20 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: CollegeRepublican; fish hawk

Thank you both.


10 posted on 02/21/2009 11:55:55 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: EggsAckley
Molokai is one of the major Hawaiian Islands, with an airport and a town, but far removed from Kalaupapa, where the lepers were quarantined on a geographically unique peninsula, accessible by land only by a narrow trail descending 3000 feet to the ocean (it's a spectacular hike and location, and takes about 1&1/2 hours to go in and maybe an hour additional to hike out.) You can fly in as well.

It has been populated all along by lepers, who in the last 20 years have numbered just a few, their leprosy long treated by the sulfone drugs. And now when the last one passes, it appears it will become some sort of national park.

Father Damien's church still is in use, with holes cut in the floor where lepers spit. The definitive biography is by Richard Stewart:

http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/cart/shopcore/?db_name=uhpress&page=shop/flypage&product_sku=0-8248-2322-2
11 posted on 02/21/2009 12:13:28 PM PST by jobim
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To: jobim

Thank you.


12 posted on 02/21/2009 12:20:32 PM PST by EggsAckley
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To: Steelfish
We were just in Molokai last month -- it's a beautiful island. Some of the sights we saw included the peninsula where the lepers lived, as well as a church founded by Father Damien. A few shots from last month ...


13 posted on 02/21/2009 12:47:58 PM PST by PERKY2004 (Proud Military Wife -- my DH is in his 26th year of military service! PRAY 4 OUR TROOPS!)
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To: Steelfish

And boy, could he exorcise too! :)


14 posted on 02/21/2009 1:35:33 PM PST by ClaudiusI
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To: EggsAckley
"I’ve always wondered what happened to the people on Molokai after that time. Guess I should do some research on it. Are there still people living there?"

The novel, "Hawaii" by James A. Michener devoted quite a bit of story to the colony on Molokai. More good reading.

15 posted on 02/21/2009 3:10:23 PM PST by redhead (Don't look at ME! I voted for SARAH!)
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To: Steelfish
A 19th-century Belgian priest who ministered to leprosy patients

Eeeewww.. I hope he washed his hands after.

What a nut.

16 posted on 02/21/2009 3:47:07 PM PST by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: humblegunner

How much practice does it take to be an ass...or does it come naturally?


17 posted on 02/21/2009 3:50:22 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("From hell's heart I stab at thee... I spit my last breath at thee." ~ Khan Noonien Singh)
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To: big'ol_freeper

For her, no practice is needed.


18 posted on 02/21/2009 3:51:59 PM PST by sauropod (An expression of deep worry and concern failed to cross either of Zaphod's faces - hitchhiker's guid)
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To: big'ol_freeper
How much practice does it take to be an ass...

You find it asinine to wash your hands after handling lepers?

19 posted on 02/21/2009 3:52:06 PM PST by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: humblegunner

I would be more concerned about washing my hands after being anywhere near you. The disease it seems that you suffer from is much more dehumanizing.


20 posted on 02/21/2009 3:55:53 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("From hell's heart I stab at thee... I spit my last breath at thee." ~ Khan Noonien Singh)
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To: big'ol_freeper
So, really.. you think lepers are healthy and good to touch, right?

Fondle them regularly do you?

21 posted on 02/21/2009 3:57:46 PM PST by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: humblegunner

I am sorry you suffer from leprosy of the brain. Maybe your man Obama can provide you with adequate health care options.


22 posted on 02/21/2009 3:59:58 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("From hell's heart I stab at thee... I spit my last breath at thee." ~ Khan Noonien Singh)
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To: sauropod

Evidently.

She’d make a good mayor of Baltimore.


23 posted on 02/21/2009 4:01:41 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("From hell's heart I stab at thee... I spit my last breath at thee." ~ Khan Noonien Singh)
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To: big'ol_freeper

tee hee..........


24 posted on 02/21/2009 4:03:54 PM PST by EggsAckley
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To: big'ol_freeper
Maybe your man Obama can provide you with adequate health care options.

Hmm. So because I consider lepers to be unclean and contagious I must be an Obama supporter.

That's very cute, Zippy, how you arrived at that.

Tell you what.

You find any post anywhere of mine supporting Obama and I'll contribute
$100.00 per letter to your favorite candidate or charity.

I eagerly await your response, detailing how you have no clue what you are talking about.

25 posted on 02/21/2009 4:05:33 PM PST by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: humblegunner
You find any post anywhere of mine supporting Obama and I'll contribute $100.00 per letter to your favorite candidate or charity.

You make the erroneous assumption that I would care to waste even the least bit of time giving a flying F what you have posted. Later Sparky.

26 posted on 02/21/2009 4:08:32 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("From hell's heart I stab at thee... I spit my last breath at thee." ~ Khan Noonien Singh)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Cute way to admit you are a clueless puppy!

Don't wet the carpet on your way out.

27 posted on 02/21/2009 4:13:41 PM PST by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: humblegunner

Ok sugar britches.


28 posted on 02/21/2009 4:14:37 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("From hell's heart I stab at thee... I spit my last breath at thee." ~ Khan Noonien Singh)
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To: humblegunner; big'ol_freeper
sugar britches.

I am laughing my ass off!

Gunner is a goon but "sugar britches"?

LOL!

29 posted on 02/21/2009 4:51:26 PM PST by Eaker (The Two Loudest Sounds in the World.....Bang When it should have been Click and the Reverse.)
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To: humblegunner

Why do you think he is a saint? He also died of leprosy.


30 posted on 02/22/2009 2:18:49 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: humblegunner

He chose to serve without counting the cost.

I guess that you might say you choose to count the cost before you serve......is that correct?

That’s not how God judges.


31 posted on 02/22/2009 2:20:23 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Steelfish
Priest Who Aided Lepers In Hawaii To Become Saint

"Lepers' Apostle" to Be Declared a Saint

Finally, It's Official: Molokai's Hero = Hawaii's Saint

A Parish of Lepers [Bl. Damien Joseph de Veuster of Molokai]

Bld. Damien Joseph de Veuster of Molokai

32 posted on 02/22/2009 2:23:17 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Do you support the handling of lepers?

There are medical guidelines, even laws regarding handling of such biohazards in the workplace.

I guess that you might say you choose to count the cost before you serve...

I'd sure as hell wear gloves.

33 posted on 02/22/2009 2:54:02 PM PST by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: humblegunner

You find any post anywhere of mine supporting Obama and I’ll contribute $100.00 per letter to your favorite candidate or charity. >>>

No, but I bet we could find one with your Catholic bashing.


34 posted on 03/05/2009 6:18:53 PM PST by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: Coleus
No, but I bet we could find one with your Catholic bashing.

So?

35 posted on 03/06/2009 10:14:11 AM PST by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: Steelfish; jobim

Stock Photo titled: Statue Of Father Damien In Front Of The Hawaii Statehouse With Bronze State Seal Pendant In Honolulu, Oahu. Father Damien Was A Hawaiian Catholic Priest Who Served Patients Afflicted By Leprosy And Died In 1869., USE OF THIS IMAGE WITHOUT PERMISSION IS PROHIBITED

Statue of  Blessed Damien de Veuster
in front of the Statehouse of Hawaii.


36 posted on 03/06/2009 1:57:34 PM PST by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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