Damien Becomes Hawaii's First Saint

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Hundreds of people from Hawaii journeyed to Rome for the ceremony.

St. Peter's Square was packed with thousands of people for the canonization and Sunday mass from via della Conciliazione at the entrance to the piazza to the dome.

More than 500 Hawaii people were in St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica for the canonization mass. The mass was moved into the basilica because off rain.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka also attended the ceremony as a representative of the state and the country.

It has been 120 years since Saint Damien, who gave his life to comfort and care for the forgotten patients of Molokai, died from Hansen's disease.

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