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St. Damien of Molokai

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Feastday: May 10
Patron: of people with leprosy
Birth: 1840
Death: 1889
Beatified: June 4th, 1995, Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Koekelberg), Brussels, by Pope John Paul II
Canonized: October 11th, 2009, Vatican City, by Pope Benedict XVI

Author and Publisher – Catholic Online

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The man who would become St. Damien of Molokai, was born in rural Belgium, on January 3, 1840. His name was Jozef De Veuster, and he was the youngest of seven children. Growing up on the farm, Jozef was prepared to take over for his family, but he did not want the responsibility. Instead, he wanted to follow his older brother and two sisters who took religious vows.

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