Pope Francis has canonised two 19th Century nuns who lived in Ottoman-ruled Palestine, making them the first Palestinian saints in modern times.
Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Mariam Bawardy were among four new saints declared in Rome’s St Peter’s Square.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and over 2,000 Christian pilgrims from the region attended the ceremony, seen as a token of Vatican support for dwindling Christian communities in the Middle East.
On Saturday, Pope Francis met Abbas at the Vatican, calling him “an angel of peace”.
Abbas’ visit came just days after the Vatican formally recognised Palestinian statehood in a treaty, which states that the Holy …Read More
Source:: New Mail