In this 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. On Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 the Vatican will formally recognize Tekakwitha, a 17th-century Mohawk Indian who spent most of her life in what is now upstate New York, as a saint.
In this 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. On Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 the Vatican will formally recognize Tekakwitha, a 17th-century Mohawk Indian who spent most of her life in what is now upstate New York, as a saint. AP
In this 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. On Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 the Vatican will formally recognize Tekakwitha, a 17th-century Mohawk Indian who spent most of her life in what is now upstate New York, as a saint. AP

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