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Catholics flood shrine on canonization day (photos)

Some hope saint will inspire more pilgrimages

A Mass of Thanksgiving at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, NY on Sunday, October 21, 2012 on the day that Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a 17th century Mohawk Indian born in the area that is now modern day Auriesville, was canonized as a saint by Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony at the Vatican.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
A Mass of Thanksgiving at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, NY on Sunday, October 21, 2012 on the day that Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a 17th century Mohawk Indian born in the area that is now modern day Auriesville, was canonized as a saint by Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony at the Vatican.
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A single small bell rang through the Coliseum at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs on Sunday afternoon, bringing 5,000 devoted Catholics to their feet as one. They gathered from all over the state and all over the country under one great roof at the place of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha’s birth to celebrate her canonization. Shrine director the Rev. George H. Belgarde led the crowd in what he called perhaps the most important event ...


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