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 Holy Rosary of Jerusalem, and Maryam Baouardy, who founded a Carmelite convent in Bethlehem, was not directly connected with the Vatican's Wednesday announcement of a new accord with the State of Palestine.
2 January, 2016 Vatican accord with Palestine comes into effect An agreement signed last year making the Vatican's de facto recognition of Palestine in 2012 official has come into effect, the Holy See said on Saturday. The Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine" last June when it called for moves to end the Israeli-Palestinian […]
17 May, 2015 Pope canonizes 2 saints from 19th-century Palestine 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.
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.'
7 March, 2014 Israel diplomat strike could hinder pope visit A strike at Israel's foreign ministry could make Pope Francis's first trip to the Holy Land, set for May, "impossible," an Israeli diplomat said Friday. "Imminent planned visits by foreign leaders, including (British Prime Minister) David Cameron next week or the Pope in May, will be […]
5 January, 2014 Pope announces first visit to Holy Land, May 24-26 Pope Francis said Sunday he will make his first trip to the Holy Land, visiting Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem in May. "In the climate of joy typical of this Christmas period, I would like to announce that from May 24 to 26, God willing, I will carry out a pilgrimage to the Holy Land," […]