One World Religion: Pope Francis canonizes first modern Palestinian saints in heavily symbolic move

In a ceremony fraught with diplomatic and security overtones, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized the first two saints from the modern region of Palestine at a consecration mass in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

The move was long in the works, but comes just days after the Vatican angered Israel by upgrading its diplomatic ties with the Palestinians, and also comes amid intensifying concerns among Catholic leaders about the future of the Christian faith in its Middle East birthplace. ∞∞∞∞∞ www.washingtontimes.com ∞∞∞∞∞

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