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Native Catholics integrate traditional practices

Blending Native spirituality with Catholicism was one of the topics being discussed at the 65th annual Tekakwitha Conference being held in El Paso, Texas.

In the past, the Catholic church discouraged Natives from practicing traditional religion. But now Natives say they are encouraged not to forget their culture.

The conference, which ended yesterday, is named for the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a 16th-century Mohawk woman credited with several miracles. Indian Catholics are seeking to have her beatified, or made into a saint.

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