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First Australian Saint

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Australian nun who died 100 years ago seems to have become the first Saint of the country, after the pope acknowledged the miracle, which is probably a woman cured of cancer, officials said Sunday.

Miracle in which a woman prayed Sister Mary MacKillop, said lung cancer have been cured of action in 1990, paving the way for the Vatican to a woman he admired saint in Australia as a national symbol.

"Today is a special day not only nurses, but also for Australia and the universal Church," said Anne Derwin, a nun with the Sisters of the order founded by St. Joseph MacKillop.
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"This is a day to meet Mary, who not only truly holy, but also one of Australia's true heroes."

MacKillop took the first step to holiness, when she was beatified before John Paul II in 1995, after another miracle in which women were said to have been cured of terminal leukemia, to explain it.

MacKillop Melbourne native, who founded his first school was established to stable abandoned her nuns at age 24, has been known as "the Australian people's saint," said Archbishop Philip Wilson.

"She was one of us," said Wilson, president of the Australian Bishops Conference, "Catholic." Mary was an ordinary man who lived a life of saints. "

MacKillop, whose parents came to Australia from Scotland, has devoted his life to educate the poor, taking difficult courses Outback ex-prisoners former prostitutes.

But a pioneering educator and social reformer was not without controversy - MacKillop was excommunicated in 1871, disciplinary charges against the church met for four months.

Later, he asked permission of Pope Pius IX, to continue his work with its order and the time of her death at 67 in 1909, led MacKillop 750 117 nuns have opened schools and orphanages in shelters for the needy.

Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the development was "deeply important statement for the five million Australians out of the Catholic faith and all Australians, whether or not the Catholic faith."

"At a time when poverty was common, educational opportunities for young Australians is very limited, Mary MacKillop was working on improving the lives of marginalized, homeless and in need throughout his life," she said.

Currently pending MacKillop supporters of the Vatican decision about when it might be a saint, hoping that the ceremony will be held in Rome next year.

Sister Derwin and MacKillop said I would not expect, the center of attention, "It makes us feel happy that she got a gift for the church to the world, is now recognized as a value."

"She was brave and stubborn, and let stand anything by way of other treatment," she said. "The strength, humor important egalitarian vision of employment a difficult time today," she said.

The woman, whose lung cancer survival has been recognized as a miracle the other end said she felt humiliated personally grateful MacKillop.

"I hope that news of the day giving to others, particularly young Australians, inspiration and support to live as generously sympathetic as Mary," the unnamed woman said in a statement read Derwin.

Dervin said Pope Benedict XVI, who made the church North MacKillop memorial priority during his stay in Australia Sydney youth celebration in 2008, acknowledged the great love of Australia.

He was the third pope to pray at the grave.