Skip to comments.Priest Who Lived With Leprosy Now A Saint
Posted on 10/11/2009 2:06:58 PM PDT by Steelfish
Priest Who Lived With Leprosy Now A Saint Pope Benedict praises Father Damien, who died from leprosy in 1889
Audrey Toguchi, 80, from Hawaii, at right, with her doctor Walter Chang, looks on during a canonization ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday.
VATICAN CITY - A 19th-century priest whose courageous work with leprosy patients in Hawaii has been likened to the efforts of those battling the stigma of AIDS was elevated to sainthood Sunday by Pope Benedict XVI, along with four other Catholics he hailed as heroes of holiness.
Among the 10,000 pilgrims packing St. Peter's Basilica was Hawaii resident Audrey Toguchi, an 80-year-old retired school teacher whose recovery from lung cancer a decade ago stunned her doctor and was ruled a miracle by the Vatican.
Toguchi has credited her survival to praying to Belgium-born Jozef De Veuster, also known as Father Damien, who himself died from leprosy in 1889 after contracting the disease while working with ostracized patients living on Molokai island.
Some 40,000 faithful who couldn't fit inside the vast church filled St. Peter's Square on a warm, sunny morning. Many women from Hawaii wore headpieces made of roses and large beaded necklaces over floral-print loose gowns.
Among the five Benedict added to the church's roll call of saints is French nun Jeanne Jugan, who helped the elderly, including some abandoned by their families. Jugan, also known as Marie de la Croix, was "an authentic Mother Teresa ahead of her time," Vatican Radio said. Her Little Sisters of the Poor order of nuns today runs homes for impoverished old people worldwide. She died in 1879.
The heroism of sanctity Toguchi and her doctor, Walter Chang, joined in one basilica procession, and two leprosy patients participated in another.
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Great. Fr. Damien certainly deserves it. A remarkable man.
None of the four Gospels says you have to be a Catholic to be a saint. Of course, the Christians somehow got along without a “pope” for three hundred years - maybe that’s why.
“Great. Fr. Damien certainly deserves it. A remarkable man.”
Um - - - he won’t even be aware of it.
Sainthood well deserved. Fr. Damien lived it and paid the price.
I wonder what took God so long? The guy’s been dead for years and years.
Correct regarding the first part of your statement; and given that the Catholic Church collected and edited the original writings of the four Gospels, it was objective of them not to do so. The Catholic Church considers Peter the Apostle, the first Pope and then the succession throughout the history of Christendom to the current Pope. I suppose if you had asked Peter (Simon) if he was a Christian, or any of the other Apostles for that matter, they would have considered themselves Jews who believed that Christ was the Messiah (Messianic Jews.) The term Christian didn’t arrive until later, from what I’ve read but am willing to understand otherwise.
Acts 11:26 bump for later.
Uh . . . You think?
The Church teaches that there are many unrecognized saints. This is just an official confirmation. It doesn’t mean that he is a saint today but wasn’t one yesterday.
I wonder if my high school will add St. to its name?
That’s a poor misread of history. Peter was the first Pope and we have an unbroken line of apostolic succession. If only you’d do some basic research. The Catholic Church does no more than confirm for us here on earth a person who is already a saint in heaven through one of the most rigorous processes for such a confirmation. This is why it takes tens of years.
The rest of your post qualifies as revisionist history.
The Catholic version of history.
Thanks for posting. There is a very interesting statue at our nation’s Capitol of Father Damien (duplicate at the State House in Hawaii). A true Saint on earth.
The priests and religious who worked on Molokai are all blessed.
As compared to your version which is nearly two millenia removed from events.
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
The Vatican does a detailed study of these cases. That’s what takes so long.
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