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Vatican watchers said the decision to canonise them together was aimed at unifying the Church, since each cleric has his admirers and critics.
Such reports led the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, which was opposed to the Soviet state, to canonise Nicholas in 1981.
HIS voice trembling with exhaustion, Pope John Paul II told Mexicans it was ``with deep joy'' that he would canonise the Roman Catholic church's first American Indian, Juan Diego, a saint today.