Ceremony to mark return of saint to Hawaii

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

St. Marianne Cope's remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony.

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.

The remains will be kept in a cabinet in the cathedral.

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