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The pope also canonised 30 martyrs who were killed for their faith in Brazil in 1645.
The first to be canonised as saint from India was Mother Teresa, but it is Sr Alphonsa who is the first India-born saint, and Kerala will have icing on that cake when two more saints march into that exclusive league.
Another well-known figure from North America who was canonised is German-born Franciscan nun Maria Anna Cope who was born in 1838 and became known as the "Mother Marianne of Molokai" because she looked after lepers on the island of Molokai in the Hawaii archipelago.
"Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer will be made a saint this week and he is only dead 27 years - whereas Thomas Moore was dead 400 years before he was canonised."
MEMENTO Souvenir of canonised popes John Paul, right, and John
He also canonised Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala, a Mexican who dedicated herself to nursing the sick, helped Catholics avoid persecution during a government crackdown of the faith in the 1920s.
1920: Joan of Arc was canonised. 1929: The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in Hollywood - the name Oscar was not used for another few years.
During his 26-year pontificate, John Paul canonised 482 people and beatified 1,338 - more than all his predecessors over the past 500 years combined.
POPE John Paul yesterday canonised the controversial founder of Opus Dei, a conservative Catholic group dedicated to upholding Church teaching and strive for holiness in everyday life.
IRELAND has a new saint after Blessed Charles of Mount Argus was canonised by the Pope yesterday.
1888 - Emile Berliner gave the first demonstration of flat disc recording and reproduction before members of the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia1920 - Joan of Arc was canonised.
Reputed to be tall and physically strong, he died on March 1 either in 589 or 602 and was canonised by Pope Callactus II in 1120.