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Pope Canonizes 1st Aussie Saint

Mary MacKillop was excommunicated for outing pedophile priest
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2010 8:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – Excommunication is an interesting path to sainthood, but Pope Benedict today canonized Australia's first saint, Mary MacKillop, a nun who was once booted from the church in part for outing a pedophile priest. Thousands of Australians were in attendance at the Vatican ceremony, in which five others were also canonized, reports the BBC. "We've always believed that Mary was a saint," said a nun from the order MacKillop helped found.

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Some have called for MacKillop, who died in 1909, to become the patron saint of abused children. Others recognize her work with the poor: "She supported Aboriginal people because she believed in supporting people who were disadvantaged," says one pilgrim. But MacKillop has also become something of a celebrity Down Under; stamps, pop songs, and a musical have all appeared in her honor.
(Read more Mary MacKillop stories.)

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