Mayetta Mass Celebrates First Native American Saint

MAYETTA, Kan. (WIBW) - Native Americans celebrated at the Vatican, but also right here at home as Pope Benedict XVI named seven new saints this Sunday, including the very first Native American saint.

Parishioners of Our Lady of the Snows Church in Mayetta, tribal members of the Potawatomi Nation and members of the Haskell Indian Nations Univerisity Catholic Center celebrated the canonization of Kateria Tekakwitha at a mass led by Archbishop Joseph Naumann.

Born in 1656 to a Mohawk father and a Christian Algonquin mother, Kateri Tekakwitha was known for her deep spirituality. She was persecuted by her tribe when she converted to Christianity at the age of 20.

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