The Vatican has officially deemed as a miracle an American boy’s stunning recovery from a severe battle with a flesh-eating bacterial infection that nearly killed him in 2006. And the miracle is attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha who, if canonized, will become the Catholic Church’s first Native American saint.
On December 19, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI decided that the recovery of Jake Finkbonne, a Washington boy of Native American (Lummi) descent, is a miracle beyond the explanation of medicine. The pope attributed this to the Blessed Kateri, who was born in 1656. By signing a decree authenticating the miracle, the pope cleared the way for Tekakwitha to be canonized.