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Aussie sainthood for feisty Mary

Catholics Down Under are celebrating a Papal decision that will give the country its first saint — the feisty Mary MacKillop, who founded a network of schools for poor children and was briefly excommunicated before being set on the path to canonisation.

The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI had approved a decree that Ms MacKillop was responsible for a second miracle, one of the final steps in a complex and often years-long process before sainthood can be bestowed.

Ms MacKillop died in 1909.

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