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.