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Celebrating 110 birthday of Raoul Follereau, dedicated life to helping lepers

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. ;

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