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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
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