The pontiff said the newly canonized had given of themselves totally without "calculation or personal gain."
"Their perfection, in the logic of a faith that is humanly incomprehensible at times, consists in no longer placing themselves at the center, but choosing to go against the flow and live according to the Gospel," Benedict said in his homily.
Official delegations for St. Damien included King Albert II and Queen Paolo of Belgium and, for the United States, Obama's new envoy to the Vatican, Miguel H. Diaz, and Hawaii Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka.
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"Father Damien: The Leper Priest"
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For a long time, I've been hunting online for a good picture of Ken Howard in the role of Father Damien, but this was the only one I found. I was holding off until I could find a better one, but with this news, I thought it was time to celebrate his presence in the TV Universe....