MARY-MANIA is sweeping through Rome with retailers happily cashing in on Australia’s first saint.

Sitting beside Roma-themed shot glasses, boxer shorts and ashtrays, Mary MacKillop’s serene face smiles from kitsch items including key rings and plastic rosary beads.

Mary MacKillop is also the best seller of the saints-to-be, according to local retailers surrounding St Peter’s Basilica “She is selling very well,” one gift shop manager said.

"We have to get more products in tomorrow because we expect to sell many more over the weekend."

Mary Mackillop merchandise - the Holy City’s current big money-spinner - is also the most expensive of the souvenirs on sale for the six saints to be canonised by Pope Benedict XIV on Sunday

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