Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha — the namesake of three churches in the Pass — will become the first Native American Saint in 2012.
On Dec. 19, Pope Benedict XVI approved the miracle needed for the canonization ceremony. Before that happens, the Cardinals must support the pope’s decision in Rome.
Father Joseph Nguyen, pastor of the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha churches in Banning, Beaumont and the Morongo reservation, said elevating Kateri Tekakwitha to sainthood would mean a lot to him and his parishioners.
“It’s a joyful occasion for us to celebrate and we would change the name from Blessed to Saint Kateri Tekakwitha,” said Nguyen.
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