Updated 10/20/2012 05:03 PM
Pilgrims Celebrate Canonization Of Two Women From New York State
To view our videos, you need to
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.
Then come back here and refresh the page.
Religious pilgrims are in Rome this weekend to celebrate the elevation of two women from New York State to Catholic sainthood.
Mother Marianne Cope (1838-1918), a Syracuse nun, is being honored for her care for those suffering from leprosy in an isolated peninsula in Hawaii.
The other new saint, Kateri Tekakwitha, was a 17th-century Native American who left her village to dedicate herself to the Catholic faith.
Both women will be among seven religious figures elevated at a Sunday ceremony.
Native American and Hawaiian pilgrims said they had waited patiently for the special day.
"We've been praying for it a lot, so we're so thankful," said one pilgrim.
"Praying, praying every day that she will become a saint," said another. "Now it's happening, so a lot of people are here for that."
Hundreds of worshippers also celebrated Tekakwitha's upcoming canonization at shrines at the two upstate towns, Auriesville and Fonda, where Tekakwitha grew up.