Pope Benedict XVI has signed the decree recognizing a miracle performed by the Mohawk-Algonquin woman born in 1656, and known as Kateri Tekakwitha.
The Vatican announced that the Pope has deemed her worthy of sainthood, so she will be canonized at a ceremony sometime in the future.
Tekakwitha was a Native American baptized in 1676 in the Mohawk
Valley. She fled to a mission in Canada after being scorned and
threatened in her home village near what is now the village of
You can read more about Kateri here, in Indian Country.
Earlier this year, a segment on NPR looked at the process of certifying Kateri’s miracle, which was then underway.
Pope Benedict signed decrees Monday approving miracles attributed to six others, in addition to Kateri.
The Blessed Marianne Cope, who also has ties to New York, was also on the list.
Cope was a Syracuse Franciscan sister who cared for leprosy
patients in Hawaii in the late 1880s. She’d previously taught and
helped establish the first two hospitals in central New York in the