Pope Benedict XVI Proclaims Blessed Marianne Cope a Saint

December 19, 2011 Updated Dec 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM EDT

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Pope Benedict XVI Proclaims Blessed Marianne Cope a Saint

December 19, 2011 Updated Dec 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM EDT

Syracuse, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Pope Benedict XVI on Monday proclaimed Blessed Marianne Cope a saint.

This follows a Dec. 6 ruling by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes for Saints that a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Marianne Cope was an inexplicable medical recovery. Earlier this year, both the medical board and theologians at the Vatican ruled unanimously that the second miracle was to due to the intercession of Blessed Marianne. 

A date for the canonization ceremony is yet to be determined.

Marianne Cope, a sister of St. Francis, entered religious life in 1862 in Syracuse. For a period of time she ministered as teacher and principal in several schools in New York State. She participated in the establishment of two of the first hospitals in the central New York area, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica (1866) and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse (1869). These two hospitals were among the first 50 general hospitals in the entire U.S. and continue operating today.

In 1883, Mother Marianne was the only one out of 50 religious leaders to respond positively to an emissary from Hawaii with a request for Catholic sisters to provide health care on the Hawaiian Islands, especially to patients with Hansen’s disease (leprosy). For more than 30 years, Mother Marianne ministered to these patients at Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii and promised her sisters that none of them would ever contract the disease. To this day, no sister has. Her compassionate care has earned her the affectionate title of “beloved mother of outcasts.”