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Plymouth church joyful at namesake’s canonization

Tekakwitha’s life viewed as model

A tapestry of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first American Indian to achieve sainthood, was displayed in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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A tapestry of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first American Indian to achieve sainthood, was displayed in St. Peter’s Basilica.

There was a full house at the Church of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in Plymouth Sunday to celebrate Tekakwitha’s canonization, which made her the first Native American saint from North America, church officials said.

“We have been praying for her canonization in our parish for 28 to 30 years,” said Deacon Edward Creutz. “And this is an answer to the prayers, so we are very delighted that the day has finally come.”

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Pope Benedict XVI canonized seven saints on Sunday, in front of tens of thousands of people at St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican said in a statement.

“Leading a simple life, Kateri remained faithful to her love for Jesus, to prayer, and to daily Mass,” the pope said, according to the statement. “Her greatest wish was to know and to do what pleased God.”

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com.

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