Two Palestinian nuns were canonized by Pope Francis

Two Palestinian nuns were canonized by Pope Francis

In a ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square two Palestinian woman were named as saints by Pope Francis on Sunday, just a few days after the Vatican officially recognized the State of Palestine.

In a ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square two Palestinian woman were named as saints by Pope Francis on Sunday, just a few days after the Vatican officially recognized the State of Palestine.

One of the canonized was Sister Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, founder of the Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem, and another was Mariam Bawardy, who founded a Carmelite convent in Bethlehem.

The ceremony of canonization wasn’t directly connected with the Vatican’s Wednesday announcement of a new accord with the State of Palestine. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whom Pope Francis called ‘an angel of peace’, and a delegation of senior clergy, including the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, attended it.The move is seen as a token of Vatican support for dwindling Christian communities in the Middle East.

Twal said in a statement that both Ghattas and Bawardy, who had been a teenagers when entered religious orders in the late 1800s and died in 1927 and 1878 respectively, were an example for Christians, Muslims and Jews. He added that the canonizations of two Palestinians were the first of their kind since the early years of Christianity and it was a sign that in modern time we can talk about the three religions without any discrimination.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the example of the two newly canonized saints confirms their determination to build a sovereign, independent and free Palestine based on the principles of equal citizenship. He also called on Palestinian Christians not to emigrate but to stay and enjoy the rights of full and equal citizenship, and suffer the difficulties together until they achieve liberty, sovereignty and human dignity.

Mariam Bawardy was born in Galilee and is said to have carried out many miracles and to have experienced stigmata – wounds representing those suffered by Jesus on the cross.
Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, who was born in Jerusalem, founded the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, which today runs many kindergartens and schools.

Both nuns were educators who lived through tough time period, overcoming male dominance in Ottoman society, poverty and illnesses while helping others. They are also said to have seen apparitions of the Virgin Mary and remained in close communication with her.

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