- "Father Damien? Make that Saint Damien of Molokai"
(May 11, 2010)
Father Damien to be canonized.
"19th Century Belgian Priest Who Aided Lepers in Hawaii to Become Saint"This is good news for me. I don't remember having many 'heroes' as a child or youth, although there were people whose accomplishments I admired.
FOXNews (February 21, 2009)
"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.
"De Veuster will be canonized along with four other people, the Vatican said.
"In July, Benedict approved a miracle attributed to the priest's intercession, declaring that a Honolulu woman's recovery in 1999 from terminal lung cancer was the miracle needed for him to be made a saint.
"He was beatified — a step toward sainthood - in 1995 by Pope John Paul II...."
Father Damien, when I learned about him, went into my short list of "heroes:" people who willingly gave up their own safety, wealth, and sometimes lives, for others. Think Horatio at the bridge and Pliny the Elder, in Western Civilization's history.