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Sunday, 6 October, 2002, 12:31 GMT 13:31 UK
In pictures: Opus Dei founder canonised
Thousands of pilgrims thronged St Peter's Square in Rome for the canonisation of the founder of the controversial Opus Dei movement, Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer.

Pilgrims in St Peter's Square
An estimated 250,00 pilgrims flocked to see the ceremony

The pope arriving (l) and a tapestry showing Jose Maria Escriva (r) (photos courtesy of AP and AFP
The pope arrived on stage in his popemobile, in front of a giant picture of Escriva

Pilgrims arriving at port near Rome
The pilgrims came from 84 countries around the world

Spanish pilgrims
Many were from Latin America and the new saint's homeland of Spain

Manuel Nevado Rey (left) arriving at a port near Rome
Among them was Manuel Rey (left) whose recovery from disease was deemed a miracle done by Escriva

Pilgrims pray in front of the remains of Opus Dei founder Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer in Rome
Many of Opus Dei's 80,000 members are high-earners and the group has been accused of elitism

The pope arriving at the ceremony ( photograph courtesy of AFP)
But despite the critics, the pope supports Opus Dei

Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer with unidentified African and Asian women in 1971
Escriva is the 468th saint John Paul II has proclaimed since becoming pope

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"Thousands of visitors come to northern Spain to pay homage to the founder of Opus Dei"
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