Sainthood for two American women

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in a Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 photo, a reliquary for the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha is seen at the Martyrs'  Shrine in Auriesville, N.Y., on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Tekakwitha, who will be canonized next year, was a Native American baptized in 1676 in the Mohawk Valley. She fled to a mission in Canada after being scorned and threatened in her home village near what is now the village of Fonda. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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Pope Benedict XVI certified miracles attributed to the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and the Blessed Mother Marianne Cope in the final step toward sainthood. The women's canonization is to happen on Oct. 21.

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