Sainthood for two American women

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in a Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 photo, Phyllis Tessitore of Amsterdam, N.Y., says a prayer in front of a statue of the the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha at the National Kateri Shrine and Indian Museum in Fonda, N.Y. 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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