Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th-century Palestine on Sunday in hope of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing a wave of persecution from Islamic extremists.
Sisters Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas were made saints. “Inspired by their example … may the Christians of these lands look with hope to the future, following the path of solidarity and fraternal coexistence,” Francis said of the women.
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