October 09, 2009

More on the Saint on Capitol Hill

In February, I wrote about the impending canonization of Father Damien of Molokai, one of Hawaii’s two representatives in Statuary Hall.  Father Damien’s canonization will take place Sunday in St. Peter’s piazza, and will be televised live, beginning at 4:00 AM EDT, by EWTN.  For those who are interested, a good way to prepare might be to read Robert Louis Stevenson’s brilliant defense of the Flemish missionary, and to watch the royal welcome Damien received when his remains were returned to Antwerp in 1936.

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