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Pope Canonizes 4 Nuns, Including 2 Palestinian Nuns

Four nuns, including two Palestinians, are the Roman Catholic Church's newest saints. Pope Francis canonized them Sunday at a Mass at the Vatican. Two of the nuns - Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas - lived in what was 19th-century Palestine.
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Pope Francis celebrates a canonization ceremony of four new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, May 17, 2015. Sisters Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas were among four sisters who were made saints at a Mass in a sun-soaked St. Peter's Square.
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Pope Francis celebrates a canonization ceremony of four new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, May 17, 2015. Sisters Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas were among four sisters who were made saints at a Mass in a sun-soaked St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a canonization ceremony of four new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, May 17, 2015.
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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a canonization ceremony of four new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, May 17, 2015.

A nun carries a relic of the St. Mariam Baouardy Haddad as Pope Francis leads a ceremony for the canonization of four nuns in the Vatican City, May 17, 2015.
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A nun carries a relic of the St. Mariam Baouardy Haddad as Pope Francis leads a ceremony for the canonization of four nuns in the Vatican City, May 17, 2015.

A Palestinian flag waves in front of a tapestry of Mariam Baouardy Haddad before Pope Francis leads a ceremony for the canonization of four nuns at Saint Peter's square in the Vatican City, May 17, 2015.
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A Palestinian flag waves in front of a tapestry of Mariam Baouardy Haddad before Pope Francis leads a ceremony for the canonization of four nuns at Saint Peter's square in the Vatican City, May 17, 2015.

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