Watch: Pope Francis grants sainthood to 19th century Palestinian nuns

May 17, 2015 11:56 AM

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Pope Francis granted sainthood to two 19th century Palestinian nuns on Sunday during a ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square, a move which many see as encouragement for Middle Eastern Christians facing persecution and hardship.

The two Palestinian women, Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, will become the first Arabic speaking female saints in recent history. The two lived in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem during the 19th century when Palestine was ruled by the Ottomans. Sister Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas founded...

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