VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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.
- 17 May, 2015 Pope Francis canonizes two Palestinian women Pope Francis named two Palestinian women as saints on Sunday, in a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square just days after the Vatican formalized its de facto recognition of the State of Palestine. The canonization of Sister Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, founder of the Sisters of the Most […]
- 11 May, 2017 Pope to canonize Portuguese shepherd children for Madonna visions By Sergio Goncalves FATIMA, Portugal (Reuters) - Pope Francis will make two Portuguese shepherd children saints this week, crowning a belief that started with reported visions of the Madonna 100 years ago which have turned the Shrine of Fatima into on...
- 16 May, 2015 Pope Francis meets Abbas after treaty announcement Palestinian leader meets with Pope on trip to canonize two Palestinians as Saints just days after Vatican announces it will sign accord that recognizes Palestine as a state, calls Abbas 'angel of peace.'
- 2 October, 2014 Pope convenes Mideast envoys amid Islamic threat VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis convened his ambassadors from across the Middle East on Thursday for three days of meetings to find ways to better protect Christians targeted by Islamic militants and care for those who have been forced to flee their homes.
- 25 December, 2013 Pope’s Christmas wish: hope for a better world VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered Christmas wishes Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe.