SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) Kateri Tekakwitha on Sunday was declared the first Native American saint, and while some see her story as an affirmation of Native Americans' place in the Catholic Church, others view it as the result of the excesses and arrogance of colonialism. By Renee K. Gadoua.
KALAUPAPA, Hawaii (RNS) With the Oct. 21 canonization of Mother Marianne Cope at the Vatican, the remaining patients at the Hawaiian leper colony where she worked want to ensure their stories are recorded and their home preserved. By Renee K. Gadoua.
(RNS) Hundreds of pilgrims are visiting the upstate New York shrine to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the 17th-century Native American woman who will become the Catholic Church's first Native American saint this October. By Renee K. Gadoua.