Watch here as Pope Francis preside at the Holy Mass and the Canonization of four Blesseds. At the end of the rites, the Pope led the recitation of the Marian prayer Regina Caeli.
The most significant act of the day was the elevation to sainthood of Sisters Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas. They were two among the four nuns who were made saints Sunday at a Mass in St. Peter’s Square.
Also present to witness the Catholic rites was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and an estimated 2,000 pilgrims from the region. Very prominent in the crowd were people waving Palestinian flags. A very mild rebuke to Israel?