Pope canonises first Australian saint, Mary MacKillop
Pope Benedict XVI has officially recognised Australia's first saint, Mary MacKillop, a Melbourne-born nun who worked with needy children.
She was canonised with five others, including Brother Andre, a Canadian monk credited with miraculous healings.
MacKillop, who died in 1909, clashed with senior clergy and was briefly excommunicated, in part for exposing a sex-abusing priest.
The BBC's Duncan Kennedy said hundreds of Australian pilgrims have travelled to Rome to witness the event.
17 Oct 2010
- From the section Europe