Archive for Pope Benedict

Father Damien Made A Saint

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

FatherDamiendeVeusterBelgian missionary Father Damien de Veuster, better known as simply Father Damien, was recently made a saint by Pope Benedict XVI. Damien is well known throughout the world for living among those living with Hansen’s disease on the island of Molokai where he ultimately contracted the disease himself.

Before him, the settlement on Kalaupapa was basically a dumping ground for human beings afflicted with this illess to forge for themselves without any sort of medical care. With his goodwill, tenacity, and reputed temper, Father Damien was able to build a sense of community to residents who’d felt abandoned otherwise.

President Obama, who grew up in Hawaii at one point in his life, stated that people everywhere should take an example from Father Damien in our attitudes towards diseases by “answering the urgent call to heal and care for the sick.” LINK!

(Image courtesy of Flickr user catholicnative)