Marianne Cope's Road to Sainthood

(HawaiiNewsNow) -  In just four days, the pilgrimage to Rome begins for the Canonization of Blessed Marianne Cope.

The Syracuse Nun followed in Father Damien's footsteps caring for Hansen's disease patients, on Molokai.

In 1883, King Kalakaua sent out 50 requests across the country for help and only Mother Marianne said "yes".

She'll be elevated to saint on October 21st, three years after Father Damien was and once again, patients will be at Saint Peter's Square for the celebration.

"It's a blessing of course to have these 2 saints from Hawaii, but it's also a blessing that they're going to be canonized while there are still patients in Kalaupapa."

"People were suffering. Today we get doctor, medication whatever. In their time, Mother Marianne. ..Nothing.

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