First Native American Saint Named

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Pope Benedict XVI named a young woman the first Native American saint on Sunday, according to CNN. Mohawk Kateri Tekakwitha, known today as Lily Of The Mohawks according to the BBC.

Tekakwitha allegedly saved the life of Native American Jake Finkbonner, who contracted a flesh eating bacterium after falling when playing basketball. Finkbonner was in critical condition and no cures were available in 2006.

Finkbonner's pastor suggested praying in the name of Tekakwitha and within a short period of time, Finkbonner's condition cleared up.

The Vatican recognized this as a miracle in 2006 and concluded that Tekakwitha saved Finkbonner's life.

During Tekakwitha's lifetime, she was scarred on her face when she contracted small pox as a child. After the sickness passed, she converted to Catholicism and became a nun. She lived and traveled to Canada. Tekakwitha died in 1680 at the age of 24. According to CNN.

Six others were also sainted.


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