Memorial of Blessed Kateri Tekawitha
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Blessed Kateri Tekawitha was born to a Catholic Algonquin mother and a Mohawk father in 1656 in Ossernenon, NY(present day Auriesville, NY). She contracted smallpox as a child as did her immediate family- leaving her an orphan. Her uncle- the tribe’s leader adopted her at that time. When she was 10 she began to be courted by warriors of her tribe & her hand was asked in marriage. At the age of twenty she fled to an established community of Native American Christians in Kahnawake, Quebec where she lived a life of prayer, penance, and care for the aged. It was said that when she died (at age 24) her face became beautiful – with no traces of the scars left behind from smallpox. She was venerated by Pope Pius XII in 1943 and beatified in 1980 by Pope John Paul II.