Pope canonizes 2 nuns from 19th century Palestine in hopes of encouraging Mideast Christians

May 17, 2015 8:27 AM

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Pope canonizes 2 nuns from 19th century Palestine in hopes of encouraging Mideast Christians

The tapestry of St. Marie Alphonsine Ghattas hangs from a balcony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican prior to the start of the canonization ceremony led by Pope Francis Sunday, May 17, 2015. The pontiff will canonize two 19th-century nuns from what was then Ottoman-ruled Palestine. The new saints, Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, are the first from the region to be canonized since the early days of Christianity.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (The Associated Press)

Pilgrims wait for Pope Francis arrival to celebrate a canonization ceremony of four new saints in St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Among them are Arab nuns Sts. Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, who lived in what was Ottoman-ruled Palestine in the 19th century. They...

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