Pope Announces Seven New Saints Including First Native American (Video)


Pope Benedict named seven new saints, including the first Native American Kateri Tekakwitha, in a Vatican City ceremony.  Crowds gathered in Vatican City as Pope Benedict named the seven new saints.

Kateri, who died more than 300 years ago, is believed to have healed a boy with flesh eating bacteria in 2006 after his family prayed to her spirit.

Among the other saints named was a French missionary, a Philippine woman martyred in Guam and a Spanish nun who campaigned for women's rights. Pope Benedict has canonized 44 saints since becoming pope in 2005.