Sydney's Cardinal George Pell says he hopes Mary MacKillop will be the star of the show at the canonisation of six 'Blesseds' by Pope Benedict this Sunday.
Cardinal Pell said he wasn't aware of reports that Pope Benedict XIV had called Mary's canonisation the most significant of the lot, but he hoped it was true, said an AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald. The others hail from Canada, Poland, Spain and Italy.
"I hadn't heard that the Holy Father had said that," Cardinal Pell told reporters in St Peter's Square on Thursday.
"I'd heard that his press spokesman had said he thought she would be the star of the proceedings. I hope that that is the case.
"If the Pope has said it's the most significant of them all, I'd be delighted because it is the first for us."
He said Mary's canonisation "means she's not just of local significance for us, but she was a message for the entire Catholic world," he said.
"That represents a significant step ahead in the Australian Catholic story."
Pell hopes Mary shines among new saints (Sydney Morning Herald/AAP)