Miracle recovery linked to potential saint
By T.K. Randall
December 22, 2011 · 3 comments
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An 11-year-old boy who contracted a flesh-eating bacteria is fully recovered thanks to Blessed Kateri.
In 2006, Jake Finkbonner fell while attending a basketball game and contracted Strep A (Necrotizing fasciitis) through the small cut that was a result of the fall. Doctors worked hard to keep Jake alive and prevent the disease from spreading. A family friend suggested that Jake's parents pray to Blessed Kateri for her intercession with God. Seemingly as a result of these prayers Jake was miraculously cured and for the first time the Catholic Church is poised to have a Native American saint in the form of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. Beatified in 1980 by Pope John Paul II, having this new miracle attributed to Kateri has provided the final step for full sainthood.
Pope Benedict XVI has decreed that a Sandy Point boy's recovery from the flesh-eating bacteria that nearly killed him in 2006 is a miracle that can be attributed to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha's help, making possible the canonization of the first American Indian saint in the Catholic Church.
Source: Bellingham Herald
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