Sainthood 2012 candidates international, unique

Published On: Oct 11 2012 07:43:21 PM HST

In an effort to reach out to younger Catholics around the world, the Vatican has chosen a flock of sainthood candidates who are truly international and truly unique.

This year, the women outnumber the men.

Kateri Takakwitha will be the very first Native American saint.  Born in New York to an Algonquin mother and Mohawk father in the mid-1600s, she was persecuted when she converted to Catholicism and became a missionary.

Giovanni Battista Piamarta was a 20th century priest and founder of the Holy Family of Nazareth, which educates children of the working class.

Jacques Berthieu was a 19th century French Jesuit missionary killed by rebels in Madagascar when he refused to renounce his faith.

Pedro Calungsod of Cebu in the Philippines was part of a mission to Guam.  At the age of 18, he was killed by Chomorros suspicious of the new faith.  He is the Philippines' second saint.

And, of course, our saint who lived, served and died on Molokai.

"Mother Marianne blazed the trail," said Sister Rosemarie Pelligra of St. Anthony's Convent.  "She was the trendsetter.  I hope young people will see her as a shining example for their future."


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