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Hawaii's First Saint

Father Damien or Saint Damien of Molokai was born Jozef De Veuster in Belgium in 1840. 

He won recognition for his ministry to people with Hansen's disease, also known as leprosy, who had been placed under a government-approved medical quarantine on the island of Molokai in Hawaii.

After 16 years of caring for the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of those in the settlement, Father Damien eventually contracted and died of the disease.

He was declared a saint by Pope Benedict XVI on Rosary Sunday, October 11, 2009.

Listen to independent producer Heidi Chang's story about Father Damien

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