Mary Ward honoured on path to sainthood

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A nun who fought for women's rights in the seventeenth century and was imprisoned for being a heretic was honoured by Britain's most senior religious leaders.

Almost 400 years after her death, Mary Ward is now recognised as a highly significant figure in the Catholic Church and is on the way to becoming the UK's first new female saint for 40 years.

She was imprisoned by Pope Urban VIII who believed that she was dangerous, but Pope Benedict XVI has declared her to be 'venerable', the first stop on the path to canonisation.

The cause for her canonisation was opened in 1929, but it was only recommended to go forward last year.

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