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Kateri celebration

An extra-special time for Auriesville

Pilgrims attend an afternoon Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville on Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Pilgrims attend an afternoon Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville on Wednesday.
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When Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha enters the canon of Catholic saints Sunday, the pilgrims headed to the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville may still be asleep. Kateri will be the first Native American woman to become a saint at Sunday’s ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome. “She’ll be a saint at about 3:30 or 4 in the morning,” said Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs museum director Beth Lynch. ...


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