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Caption: Blessed Damien de Veuster, a Belgian missionary priest famed for his work with leprosy patients in Hawaii. is depicted in a mosaic by Karen Lucas at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihue, Hawaii. Blessed Damien will be canonized at the Vatican Oct. 11. (CNS/courtesy of the Diocese of Honolulu)
Blessed Damien de Veuster, a Belgian missionary priest famed for his work with leprosy patients in Hawaii. is depicted in a mosaic by Karen Lucas at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihue, Hawaii. Blessed Damien will be canonized at the Vatican Oct. 11. (CNS/courtesy of the Diocese of Honolulu)
Life has changed for woman whose cancer cure led to canonization

By Anna Weaver
Catholic News Service

HONOLULU (CNS) -- In her 44 years as a teacher, Audrey Toguchi, now retired, doled out a lot of advice to her students.

Since she was publicly identified in April 2008 as the woman whose cancer cure the Vatican declared as the second miracle needed to make Blessed Damien de Veuster of Molokai a saint, she finds herself in the role of adviser again.

He made the remarks at a ceremony Oct. 2 to accept the credentials of Miguel Diaz, named in May by Obama as the ninth U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. After the encounter at the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo south of Rome, Diaz held talks at the Vatican with the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
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Caption: Pope Benedict XVI receives the credentials of the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Miguel Diaz, at the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Oct. 2. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Catholic Press Photo)
Pope Benedict XVI receives the credentials of the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Miguel Diaz, at the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Oct. 2. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Catholic Press Photo)
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Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 39, No. 18 (Oct. 8, 2009):

-- During a three-day visit to the Czech Republic, Pope Benedict XVI recalls the rich patrimony of spiritual and cultural values that spring from the country's Christian roots. In 10 speeches from the papal trip, he reminds the Czech faithful as they prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the end of communist rule that no society, no matter how democratic, can maintain a healthy and ethical sense of freedom without guidance from the truth found in God and the wisdom of faith.

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