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Pope set new canonisation record in 2000
    In a record-breaking year in a record-breaking pontificate, Pope John Paul II declared more saints than he had in any other year of his reign.
    Canonisation ceremonies in the year 2000 added 151 new saints to the church's calendar, according to Vatican statistics.
    In addition, the pope beatified 56 men, women and children during the year.
    Pope John Paul's previous one-year record for saint-making was in 1988 when he canonised 117 Vietnamese martyrs and eight other saints. Since becoming pope in 1978, Pope John Paul has beatified 996 people and canonised 446.
   
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3-Jan-01