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House Proceeding on Oct 14th, 2009 :: 2:12:40 to 2:17:20
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Mazie Hirono

2:12:37 to 2:12:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: and distinguished author of this legislation, the gentlelady from the hawaii, ms. hirono. . ms. hirono: i'd like to thank the gentleman from american samoa and the gentlelady from florida. i rise today in support of my resolution commemorating the

Mazie Hirono

2:12:40 to 2:17:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Mazie Hirono

2:13:00 to 2:13:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: cannonization of father damien de veuster to sainthood this past sunday, october 11, 2009. we can all of saint damien, a man who put his face and principles in action in the service of the group of people who suffered not only the physical effects

Mazie Hirono

2:13:22 to 2:13:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: of help bracy -- help bracy but also the terrible stigma associated with the disease. he's recognized for his 16 years of selfless service to the people who are forcibly isolated on the peninsula on the land of hawaii. because they were diagnosed with this disease. living among the people from

Mazie Hirono

2:13:44 to 2:14:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: 1873 to 1889 he eventually contracted the disease, effects, and was buried on molky -- molakai. it began under the kingdom of hawaii and continued under the governments of the republic of of hawaii, the territory of hawaii and state of hawaii the

Mazie Hirono

2:14:05 to 2:14:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: children, mothers and fathers were forcibly separated and sent there. which for most of its history could only be accessed by water or via a steep mule t - trail. children born to parents there were taken away from their mothers and sent to orphannages or other family members

Mazie Hirono

2:14:26 to 2:14:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: outside. hawaii's isolation laws for people with hanson's disease were not repealed until 1969 even though medications to control the disease had been available since the late 1940's. i believe that all people regardless of their religious beliefs extraordinary persons who give of themselves without reserve for the betterment of their

Mazie Hirono

2:14:47 to 2:15:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: fellow human beings. father damien was surely such a person. no sickness was as feared as leprosy. he volunteered to serve and requested to stay there in order to serve those who are most shunned. he recognized the human rights and inherent d of all people, especially those he

Mazie Hirono

2:15:12 to 2:15:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: people to improve their living conditions, a skilled carpenter he led in the building of houses, hospitals, six chapels, a home for boys and for girls. at the same time he ministered to the spiritual and physical needs of his parishioners and help to bury the hundreds who died during his years there. it is noteworthy shortly after

Mazie Hirono

2:15:34 to 2:15:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: hawaii became a state father damien was the first selection of a state legislature to be memorialized in a statue as part of the national statuary hall in washington, d.c. despite the fact that he was not born in hawaii and lived so long ago, hawaii's people recognize that his life embodies the

Mazie Hirono

2:15:56 to 2:16:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: aloha, which means love, compassion, mercy, grace. last week in belgium prior to the cannonization, some 400 hawaii residents including 11 former hanson disease patients attended a mass with the king

Mazie Hirono

2:16:17 to 2:16:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: and queen of belgium near the birthplace. addressing those who came all the way from hawaii, cardinal danielle, a native of belgium said, we gave life to father damien, you gave him back as a saint. we thank you. end quote. i have visited father damien's grave on the peninsula and as

Mazie Hirono

2:16:39 to 2:17:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: you can see by this photo that was taken when i visited there, it seems almost unreal, this photo. it is a autiful place where tremendous suffering took place but also a place imbued with great spiritual feelings. father damien's gravesite is marked in this photo on the far left.

Mazie Hirono

2:17:01 to 2:17:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mazie Hirono: i hope that some of you will have--thank you, mr. speaker. i hope that you will have the opportunity to visit at some point in your lives. i know that you will be deeply moved as i was by the example of this man, this saint, as well as by the courage and perseverance of the pple he

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