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Pope John Paul II on Sunday canonized Marguerite d'Youville, an 18th-century widow-turned-nun who is Canada's first native saint.

Her Sisters of Charity, the order she founded in 1737, operates in Canada and the United States within schools, hospitals and other social service agencies. It also is known for its work at D'Youville College in Buffalo.

Nuns from the order or its branches also serve in Haiti, Brazil, Japan and Africa.

In his homily during the canonization Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the pope said the new saint's life showed how one can be holy every day and how one can make the "charity and justice of God" triumph in daily existence.

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