The Maui News - Pope Benedict XVI has approved the canonization of Blessed Marianne Cope of Moloka'i as a saint, the Diocese of Honolulu announced last week.
Cope, a sister of St. Francis, will become Hawai'i's second saint, following Father Damien de Veuster, who was canonized in Rome on Oct. 11, 2009. Both devoted their lives to ministering to Hansen's disease patients at Kalaupapa. Cope was among 50 religious leaders in 1883 to respond to a call to provide health care in Hawai'i, especially to Hansen's disease exiles in Kalaupapa. She arrived at Kalaupapa in 1888, about a year before Father Damien died there of Hansen's disease. She succeeded him and spent more than 30 years ministering to patients. She died of natural causes in 1918 and was buried at Kalaupapa.