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Pope Francis declares sainthood for two Palestinian nuns

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VATICAN CITY, May 17 (UPI) -- Two Palestinian nuns who lived in the 19th century under the rule of the Ottoman Empire were canonized and given sainthood by Pope Francis on Sunday.

Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Mariam Bawardy will be the first Palestinian saints in modern times. Two other nuns, Italian and French, were also declared saints at a ceremony in Rome's St. Peter's Square

Ghattas, born to a Palestinian family in Jerusalem, co-founded the still-operational Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, which runs various kindergartens and schools.



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