On Saturday, August 17th, communities worldwide will celebrate the 110th birthday of late Frenchman Raoul Follereau, a man that dedicated his life to helping the sick, but especially those diagnosed with leprosy.
Follereau was a journalist in pre-WWII France. While on an African safari, he discovered the plight many lepers faced. Upon his return to Europe he began his campaign to help them.
Among his achievements is a foundation dedicated to helping people with leprosy around the world. He also lobbied intensely for greater help for these communities. His campaigning was vital in establishing a World Day for Leprosy at the United Nations.
To mark his 110th birthday, the Vatican will issue special stamps in his honor, which will be available in November. In addition, his foundation has begun a movement to start his canonization process.