By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
(CNN) - Sunday was a big day for Catholics in North America. Thousands of miles away in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI named 17th century Mohawk Kateri
Tekakwitha the first Native American saint.
Another newly named saint is Marianne Cope, a German-born woman who emigrated to the United States as a child, became a nun and went on to devote 30 years of her life helping lepers in Hawaii.
Their canonization, along with that of five other saints, was celebrated at a special Mass in St. Peter's Square Sunday morning.
"This is a great weekend for America in the Vatican, and it's really a great weekend for Native Americans. Sainthood is the guarantee that this person is close to God," said Vatican senior communications adviser Greg Burke.
"There's a vast history of people the Catholic Church has made saints over the centuries. Holiness is absolutely a matter of equal opportunity, but this certainly is special because it marks the first time a Native American becomes a saint."
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My God is not made out of wood, porcelain or any other perishable material.
My God is spirit, and there is no one who can make any image or statue that will show his true Glory.
Because those images and statues have eyes but cannot see, ears but cannot hear, feet but cannot walk.
Another saint? so now I can pray to another person before Jesus?
Doesn't the Bible say not to put anyone before God? wouldnt praying to a great person be doing just this?
If I dedicate my life to helping Africans with AIDS and HIV are you going to pray to me because I listened to God's request?
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