On this date… April 17, 1680… Quebec

ImageOn this date in 1680, Kateri Tekakwitha breathed her last.  She was a captive orphan, a girl convert, a French Iroquois, and a Catholic saint.  Descriptions of her death are colored with racial overtones. 

A priest at her bedside observed, “This face, so marked and swarthy, suddenly changed about a quarter of an hour after her death, and became in a moment so beautiful and so white that I observed it immediately.”

Her gravestone reads:  “The fairest flower that ever bloomed among red men.”

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