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50 years ago — Nov. 10, 1967
25 years ago — Nov. 6, 1992
Diocese’s long-range disaster response program takes shape
Nearly two months after Hurricane Iniki battered Kauai, the diocese’s long-range disaster relief program is beginning to take shape.
Last week Catholic Charities hired a full-time Kauai disaster response coordinator on Kauai and is helping the island’s five parishes form the disaster response committees. …
This effort will serve the people directly, parish member or not, and is separate from the simultaneous diocesan effort to rebuild parish facilities and programs. …
Among the committee’s duties are: to assess the needs of the community served by the parish; to solicit and process applications for assistance; to refer families and indviduals to appropriate agencies for help; to offer financial grants where possible; to provide written reports of its activities.
10 years ago — Nov. 2, 2007
Second Damien miracle passes Vatican’s medical commission
The cause for the canonization of Blessed Damien gained a significant step forward with the recognition of a “miracle” by the medical commission of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
According to Sacred Hearts Father Bruno Benati, the postulator of Father Damien’s cause, the five-physician commission ruled unanimously on Oct. 18 that the medical healing of a Hawaii woman of cancer more than 10 years ago was “unexplainable according to available medical knowledge.” …
The miracle still has to be approved by a commission of theologians, a commission of bishops and cardinals, and ultimately by the pope. The theologians will judge whether or not the cure was due to Blessed Damien’s intercession. …
The cure in question was the disappearance of cancer, without treatment, from the lungs of a Honolulu woman.