Palestine: Ottoman era Christian nun, who had her throat slit for refusing to convert to Islam, up for sainthood by Pope

The Muslim Issue

Painting by Palestinian artist Robert Giacaman, representing the two saints

Painting by Palestinian artist Robert Giacaman, representing the two saints

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First Palestinians gain sainthood

Published: 17 May 2015 13:33

Two 19th-century nuns on Sunday became the first Palestinians to become saints during an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square and attended by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.[! Why doesn’t Abbas tell his “Palestinians” to stop harassing, assaulting, threatening and killing Christians in Jerusalem?]

The pontiff urged the faithful to follow the “luminous example” of the two 19th-century sisters and two others, from France and Italy, who were canonised along with them on a sunny spring morning.

Marie Alphonsine Ghattas was born in 1843 in Jerusalem during its rule by the Ottoman Empire. She died there during the British mandate period in 1927.

She was beatified — the final step before canonisation — in 2009.

Mariam Bawardy was born in Galilee, now in northern Israel, in…

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