An Iroquois Mohawk Catholic mystic who died more than 330 years ago is set to become Canada’s first aboriginal saint.

Pope Benedict XVI has officially recognized a miracle performed by Kateri Tekakwitha, clearing the final hurdle in her path to canonization, the Vatican announced Monday.

Tekakwitha died at the age of 24 in 1680 and is entombed inside the St. Francis-Xavier Church in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community near Montreal.

She will also become North America’s first Native American saint.

Historian Allan Greer from McGill University in Montreal said Tekakwitha has long been considered an unofficial saint by her supporters in the Americas and in parts of Europe.

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