Pope Francis Canonises Two Palestinian Nuns

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From BBC News:

Pope Francis has canonised two 19th Century nuns who lived in Ottoman-ruled Palestine and are the first Arabic-speakingCatholic saints.

Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Mariam Bawardy are 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.

The move is seen as a token of Vatican support for dwindling Christian communities in the Middle East.

On Saturday, Pope Francis met Mr Abbas at the Vatican, calling him “an angel of peace”.

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Mr Abbas’ visit came just days after the Vatican formally recognised Palestinian statehood in a treaty.

The treaty states that the Holy See favours a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel and allows the Vatican to oversee aspects of Roman Catholic life in the areas President Abbas controls.

Israel expressed disappointment with the…

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