For Palestine, There's More To A Canonization Than Sainthood
The Canonization of two Palestinians is a message of support for Christians, and a message of Palestinian sovereignty for President Mahmoud Abbas.By Evan Thomas | May 17, 2015
In a religious ceremony that carried political undertones Sunday, Pope Francis elevated four people to sainthood, including two Palestinian nuns. Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Mariam Bawardy lived under Ottoman rule in 19th-century Palestine. (Video via Vatican Television Center)
According to Al Jazeera, they are the first Arabic-speaking Catholic saints, and the first modern-day Palestinians to have been canonized.
For the Vatican, the canonization is also a chance to renew its support for the dwindling Christian presence in Israeli and Palestinian regions. (Video via Vatican Television Center)