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October 21, 2012
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Native Indians wait for the start of a canonization ceremony celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. The pontiff will canonize seven people, Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint from the U.S., Maria del Carmen, Pedro Calungsod, Jacques Berthieu, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Mother Marianne Cope, and Anna Shaeffer.

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A group of nuns from the Philippines wait for the start of a canonization ceremony celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. The pontiff will canonize seven people, Kateri Tekakwitha, Maria del Carmen, Pedro Calungsod, Jacques Berthieu, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Mother Marianne Cope, and Anna Shaeffer.

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Native Americans wait for the start of a canonization ceremony celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. The pontiff will canonize seven people, Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint from the U.S., Maria del Carmen, Pedro Calungsod, Jacques Berthieu, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Mother Marianne Cope, and Anna Shaeffer.

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Jake Finkbonner, of Ferndale, Washington, receives the holy communion from Pope Benedict XVI during a canonization ceremony, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. Finkbonner was infected with a flesh-eating bacteria in 2006, when he was five years old, and his prognosis was so grave that his parents had last rites performed and were discussing donating his organs. The Vatican determined that Jake�s cure was a miracle due to the intercession of Kateri Tekakwitha, a 17th century Native American who is among seven people who were declared saints during the ceremony.

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Native Indians from Quebec, Canada, hold an image of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first American Indian to achieve sainthood, as they wait for the start of a canonization ceremony celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. The pontiff will canonize seven people, Kateri Tekakwitha, Maria del Carmen, Pedro Calungsod, Jacques Berthieu, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Mother Marianne Cope, and Anna Shaeffer.

Andrew Medichini photo

Pope Benedict XVI is framed by a Swiss Guard as he celebrates a canonization ceremony, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. The pontiff will canonize seven people, Kateri Tekakwitha, Maria del Carmen, Pedro Calungsod, Jacques Berthieu, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Mother Marianne Cope, and Anna Shaeffer.