Fr. Damien of Molokai died 125 years ago

April 17, 2014

According to All About Royal Families:

King David Kalakaua of Hawaii bestowed him the honor ‘Royal Commander of the Royal Order of the Kalakaua’.

He died on April 15th. 1889.

On February 12th. 1935, King Leopold III of Belgium wrote a letter to president Franklin D. Roosevelt to ask the return of the remains of Father Damien to Belgium.

King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium attended [his canonization].

Father Damien is the only not-American with a statue in the United States Capitol.

To read the entire article on All About Royal Families, please click here.

St. Damien of Molokai as a young priest, in the year he volunteered to join the lepers of Hawaii

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