Canonization cause advancing for Bl. Kateri

Montreal, Apr. 17, 2008 ( - Catholic News Agency reports that the cause for canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha is ready for submission to the Vatican.

Msgr. Paul Lenz, the postulator for the cause, told CNA that his presentation is prepared. Blessed Kateri, the daughter of a Mohawk Indian father and an Algonquin mother, was born in 1656 in what is now New York, near the current site of the Shrine of the North American martyrs. Rejected by her own tribe because of her devotion, she died in Canada at the age of 24.

Devotion to the woman who became known as "the Lily of the Mohawk" spread quickly in North America after her death. In 1980 she was beatified by Pope John Paul II (bio - news), becoming the first Native American ever to receive that honor. Her feast day is April 17.

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