1. Father Damien died peacefully on April 15, 1889, on Molokai after 16 years of undaunted dedication.
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2. Father Damien was born Joseph de Veuster in Tremelo, Belgium, on January 3, 1840.
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6. Father Damien prayed each day before an icon of Saint Francis Xavier to be sent on a mission.
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10. Father Damien was born Joseph de Veuster in Tremeloo, Belgium, on Jan 3, 1840, of pious and sturdy Flemish peasant stock.
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12. Father Damien said: "The Germans had become very brutal in their reprisals against the Italian resistance.
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15. In 2005, Father Damien was honored with the title of De Grootste Belg, chosen as "The Greatest Belgian" throughout that country's history, in polling conducted by the Flemish public broadcasting service, VRT.
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23. Father Damien worked for 16 years in Hawaii providing comfort for the lepers of Kalaupapa.
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28. Father Damien won recognition for his ministry from 1873 to 1889 in the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi to people with leprosy, who were required to live under a government-sanctioned medical quarantine on the island of Molokai on the Kalaupapa Peninsula.
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