Pope Francis to Canonize First 'Palestinian Saints'


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Pope Francis is set to canonize two Arab nuns who lived in Israel during the Ottoman empire as Catholic saints, making them the first "Palestinian saints."

According to a report on Wednesday by the Lebanese LBCI News, the Marie Alphonsine Ghattas of Jerusalem and Mariam Bawardy of the Galilee will be canonized at the Vatican on May 17.

The two lived during the 19th century CE, when Israel was under Ottoman Turkish rule and was considered part of greater Syria by the empire. Despite claims to the contrary, historical records definitively show that a state of "Palestine" never existed in the region, the name being applied later in the British Mandate when the Ottoman rule was overthrown in World War One.

The Lebanese news channel showed footage of an announcement regarding the canonization later this month being made at the Christian Media Center based in Jerusalem.

According to Catholicism, canonizing a person as a saint means recognizing them as being a righteous person who is believed to be in Heaven, although there are cases where the term applies to living persons as well.

Pope Francis's recognition of "Palestinian" saints is not the first time he has stirred controversy regarding Israel.

During a visit last May, he called the Palestinian Authority (PA) the "state of Palestine."

Later in the visit he made an unexpected stop at the security barrier between Jerusalem and Bethlehem in Judea to pray at a section with "Pope we need to see someone to speak about justice. Bethlehem look (sic) like Warsaw ghetto. Free Palestine" spray-painted on it.


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I'm so thankful for the truth of the simple Gospel. Either heaven for those who have placed their faith in Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection... or hell for those who haven't. And by that standard, it's a very real possibility that those who are "believed" to be in heaven according to this article may actually be in hell!!!!

No purgatory, or indulgences, or works (as a condition of salvation).


Railfan, if you go through the true biographies (not the rcc glossed over versions) of some of the people the rcc considers saints you'll confirm there are many in hell, and I'll start with John Paul II who's motto was "totus tuus" which means "totally thine". Unfortunately for him it wasn't Yeshua he consecrated himself to, but Mary. By claiming the right to declare who is a saint the rcc takes away from the wonderful sacrifice of Yeshua on the cross by denying that anyone who believes on Him is considered righteous, therefore becoming a saint. They discount Yisrael replacing her with the rcc and they discount the power of Yeshua and His sacrifice, replacing His salvation with works and decrees of church hierarchy. They must be insane to court the wrath of God like that.


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This is just a big game of "Let's Pretend". As if mere mortal man can decide who is a saint. This seems to be going beyond religion anyway, it rings of political tactics. First, they claim that Palestine is a statehood and now this. It's all smoke and mirrors and means absolutely nothing.

They all show up for the "non-event" though, media is there to make sure everyone sees how they poke Israel (by proxy, God) in the eye.