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Sunday, 21 October 2012 - 18:15
Pope names new saints including Native American
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A Native American and six others have been named as saints by Pope Benedict the 16th  at the start of a new drive to deepen the faith of believers.

The pontiff named the seven at a ceremony in St Peter's Square at the start of a "Year of Faith".

Kateri Tekakwitha, who lived in the 17th Century, impressed missionaries with her deep spirituality.

The other new saints include a nun who tended a Hawaiian leper colony and a French missionary killed in Madagascar.

In the Roman Catholic Church, a saint is a person who has been recognised officially as being in Heaven.

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