Palestinian Nuns to Be Canonized Saints in May

Pope Francis Will Canonize Founder of First Palestinian Congregation

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Two Palestinian religious sisters and a French nun will be declared saints on May 17, reported Independent Catholic News.

This Saturday, the Vatican announced that Blessed Mary Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified Baouardy and Blessed Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve will be canonized saints.

Born in Jerusalem in 1843, Mary Alphonsine Danil Ghattas would enter the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition at age 15.  

The blessed is the founder of the first Palestinian congregation, the Congregation of Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem, and is known for working tirelessly to help young people and Christian mothers.

This sister, who had a special mystic affinity for the Mother of God, passed away in 1927.

Maria Baouardy was born in Abellin, a village in Upper Galilee, in 1846 to Arab parents. She was baptized in the Melchite Greek Catholic Church. From her early youth, she experienced many sufferings together with extraordinary mystic phenomena.

In France, she entered the Carmel of Pau. From there, she was sent to India to found new Carmels, and then to Bethlehem, where she died in 1878. In 1983, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II.

Born in Toulouse, France in 1811, Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve would go on to found the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. The congregation is committed to educating poor girls, children, the sick and faraway missions.

The French sister died of cholera in 1854. In 2009, she was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI.

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