On Sunday, Pope Benedict named India's first woman saint, Alphonsa, a nun who is credited with curing illness and disease after her death in 1946. Alphonsa had led a life of "extreme physical and spiritual suffering" according to the Pope, and deliberately disfigured herself at a young age to ward off suitors before entering the convent. Christians make up about 2 percent of India's population and Alphonsa is India's second saint after Gonsalo Garcia, who was canonized in 1862. Indian Roman Catholics are celebrating the canonization at a time when violence against Christians over religious conversions has left 35 people dead since the summer. In his statement, Pope Benedict called for an end to anti-Christian riots sparked by the murder of a Hindu leader in August. [Reuters]