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Saint's remains return to Hawaii permanently

Created: 07/31/2014 4:52 PM
By: JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER

HONOLULU (AP) — The remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients have been returned to Hawaii.

St. Marianne Cope's remains arrived in a white hearse Thursday at Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu.

She died of natural causes in 1918 at Kalaupapa peninsula, where the Hawaiian kingdom exiled leprosy patients. Her remains were exhumed in 2005 and taken to Syracuse, New York, where her religious congregation is based.

Relocation from New York was necessary because the buildings of the campus where her remains were housed are no longer structurally sound.

Honolulu diocese spokesman Patrick Downes says the remains of mostly bones arrived Sunday aboard a United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey.

Hundreds of people packed into the cathedral for the funeral-like ceremony.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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