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The newly canonized Kateri seen in variety of images

Blessed Kateri, who today becomes Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, has been depicted in many different ways, seen in six of these images. Clockwise, from top left, the artists are: Claude Chauchetiere, a Jesuit missionary who knew Kateri and painted her portrait in the late 1600s; Robert Lentz, a Francisan friar and religious icon artist who lives in Maryland; Joseph A. Izzillo, a Florida artist; and Robert Renaud, a New York state artist who will exhibit his paintings and prints today at the National Shrine of North American Martyrs in Auriesville. The artists who created the other two images are unknown. (Images courtesy of National Shrine of North American Martyrs)
Blessed Kateri, who today becomes Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, has been depicted in many different ways, seen in six of these images. Clockwise, from top left, the artists are: Claude Chauchetiere, a Jesuit missionary who knew Kateri and painted her portrait in the late 1600s; Robert Lentz, a Francisan friar and religious icon artist who lives in Maryland; Joseph A. Izzillo, a Florida artist; and Robert Renaud, a New York state artist who will exhibit his paintings and prints today at the National Shrine of North American Martyrs in Auriesville. The artists who created the other two images are unknown. (Images courtesy of National Shrine of North American Martyrs)
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More than three centuries ago, a humble young Mohawk woman with poor eyesight and an exceptionally loving heart lived in a longhouse at the edge of the forest near a big river. In the 17th century, her home was Indian land, but now we call it Montgomery County. Early this morning, in St. Peter’s Square, nearly 2,000 miles away from the Mohawk Valley, that young woman, revered as Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, was canonized and became ...


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