Pope Francis canonizes two Palestinian nuns

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Members of the faithful wave Palestinian flags before Pope Francis leads a ceremony for the canonization of two Palestininan nuns, Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, founder of the first Catholic congregation in Palestine, and Mariam Baouardy Haddad, who established a Carmelite convent in Bethlehem.


Members of the faithful wave Palestinian flags. The Vatican is unclear whether it will fly its own flag beside the Palestinian one at the United Nations. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) The ceremony highlighted Pope Francis' drive to help embattled Christian communities in the Middle East.