Hawaii's Pilgrimage to the Canonization of Saint Damien of Molokai - DVD

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This documentary captures the exciting and inspiring two-week pilgrimage to the canonization of Saint Damien at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, led by Bishop Larry Silva of the Diocese of Honolulu, from October 1-14, 2009. More than 500 pilgrims participated in this once-in-a-lifetime journey in loving tribute to Father Damien de Veuster, who was canonized a saint on October 11, 2009. Also featured in the video is St. Damien Catholic Parish on the island of Molokai, together with Kalaupapa patients who express their love and aloha for Father Damien.

The video opens with the majestic canonization ceremonies at the Basilica officiated by Pope Benedict XVI, making official the sainthood of Father Damien and four other saints. From there, the coverage proceeds to Belgium where the pilgrimage actually started, visiting places where Father Damien was born and raised; then on to Assisi, Italy, to pay homage to Blessed Marianne Cope, a Franciscan nun who worked with Hansen's disease patients in Kalaupapa for 30 years.

From Europe, the documentary moves on to the island of Molokai where Father Damien cared for the exiled victims of leprosy at Kalawao and Kalaupapa from 1873 until his death from the disease in 1889. The video visits two churches the saint built on topside Molokai which are still standing. The video also covers a post-canonization ceremony at Father Damien's St. Philomena Church in Kalawao, the spiritual heart of the leprosy settlement that is still in use today. From there, the video shows the last of the festivities honoring the new saint by various Hawaii leaders at Iolani Palace in Honolulu, followed by the permanent enshrinement of the saint's relic at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu.

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