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October 16th, 2012
11:38 PM ET

Boy helps Native American become saint

(CNN)–Native American Kateri Tekakwitha is going to be canonized after she was credited with saving a boy's life.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church

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  1. Chuck

    Good for her, Native Americans never get any recognition, they have been treated as the forgotten
    minority in this country, and the one minority that realy deserves recognition, its thier land
    in the first place, but you dont see them demanding things like other minorities here in the US.

    I'm half Cherokee myself.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
  2. Satros

    This article is sort of ridiculous. This is not the first Native American to become a Saint, nor will it likely be the last. To use her ethnicity as a point is stupid...people from every race can convert to becoming a Catholic. It has no bearing on if she was granted special or preferential treatment to advancing to Sainthood, she had to go through the same steps as everyone else. Would be better to note 'Boy helps local historical figure become a saint', because thats all that this really is.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  3. WASP

    nicely done vat. you attempt to exterminate my ancestory and think making one of my own "a saint" in your bs religion is going to change anything?
    YOU PEOPLE TRIED TO EXTERMINATE US!
    we lived in peace with our other tribes with only occational fighting.
    i'm lakota and i will not forgive you.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Which God?

      Hi WASP. I have never understood the christian belief that they are superior to all, and just commited genocide at will, calling it "gods will." It has always made me sick at heart and turned me away form these 'god freaks.'
      Didn't get the oppurtunity before, so I'll say, "Thanks for your service, comrade." Be well, buddy.

      October 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • jim

      I dont blame you man, the hurt must run deep. But remember it wasnt the white people today who did this ( I am one and am ashamed of my ancestors behavior), in fact none of us were alive when these atrocities occured
      I know you still suffer huge problems with racism- there are a lot whites who want to fight along side you to eliminate this.

      October 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  4. Sam Yaza

    the Vatican needs to stop disrespecting people. do they really think making one woman a saint is going to forgive the countless lives of the native Americans they took; that doing this is going to mend the bonds you shattered through their genocide?

    October 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  5. Sam Yaza

    i do not approve, they turned Brigid into a saint as well. this is the strategy to win over the native population, like they did with the Irish, the fact remains Christians and Catholics are responsible for the genocide of the people.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Abdullo

      well if not forgetting, Mother Teresa had hard time to get sainthood, Vatican phony frauds.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
  6. Noah Pologies

    We should all just be very happy this little boy is fine now and growing up ! I am not a Catholic, but I do have respect for other Christians, other people, and this is one time to say something congratulatory to this young man and his mother, for having shown a kind of faith that most of us are incapable of.
    What kind of nonsense comments have been written here! Why can't we just be thankful that one boy is now strong and vibrant, regardless whether you believe in science or religion, and send uplifting comments to him.
    God loves him and his mom always! Have a wonderful trip, Jake ! What a great mom you have, too !

    October 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Do a little research

      Actually, the whips and burns and self-cutting text came from wikipedia. It's true: she was severely masochistic, a VERY weird person and not an example for anyone to follow.

      If that qualifies for sainthood, and get me some handcuffs and leather, because it's beatitude time!

      October 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  7. Brampt

    After killing millions of indigenous people in the name of catholicism in the middle age, they resolve making Pocahontas a saint. LOL!. (still trying to find out how they proclaim someone a saint)

    October 17, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Satros

      Its a long process that requires an extreme amount of work first on the local level by followers or believers in the holyness of the person in question. Then there need to be at least two miracles before someone is proclaimed a saint. Medical miracles are the easiest to attribute to miracle, rather than something else, but sometimes the other things can qualify. It's really not hard to find out the process, just search google.

      October 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 17, 2012 at 4:34 am |
    • St. Kateri Tekakwitha

      Prayer is okay, but whips and burns turn me on!

      October 17, 2012 at 4:47 am |
    • Suck on this

      October 17, 2012 at 4:53 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      October 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
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      October 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  9. Saints Gone Wild!

    "Tekakwitha met Marie-Thérèse Tegaiaguenta for the first time in the spring of 1678. Aspiring to devotion, they began to practice mutual flagellation in secret. Cholenec wrote that Catherine could flog herself between one thousand and twelve hundred blows in one session. Tekakwitha's dedication to ritual mortification became more intense and consuming over the remainder of her life; she included prolonged fasting, flogging, cutting, sleeping on a bed of thorns, and burning herself with hot coals."

    October 17, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • === o ===

      LMAO – mostly at the moniker.

      October 17, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • St. DEVO

      crack that whip
      give the past the slip
      step on a crack
      break your momma's back
      when a problem comes along
      you must whip it
      before the cream sits out too long
      you must whip it
      when something's going wrong
      you must whip it

      now whip it
      into shape
      shape it up
      get straight
      go forward
      move ahead
      try to detect it
      it's not too late
      to whip it
      whip it good

      when a good time turns around
      you must whip it
      you will never live it down
      unless you whip it
      no one gets away
      until they whip it

      i say whip it
      whip it good
      i say whip it
      whip it good

      crack that whip
      give the past the slip
      step on a crack
      break your momma's back
      when a problem comes along
      you must whip it
      before the cream sits out too long
      you must whip it
      when something's going wrong
      you must whip it

      now whip it
      into shape
      shape it up
      get straight
      go forward
      move ahead
      try to detect it
      it's not too late
      to whip it
      into shape
      shape it up
      get straight
      go forward
      move ahead
      try to detect it
      it's not too late
      to whip it
      whip it good

      October 17, 2012 at 1:38 am |
  10. Jesus is dead.

    Rome needs to learn that correlation is not causation.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  11. Tonto no want to clean monks' toilets

    Ah yes, good old St. Killed-By-Diseases-After-Enslavement-By-Priests

    Nothing like a title promotion to fix everything.

    October 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm |

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