Pope Francis started Sunday with the canonization of four nuns in St. Peter’s Square. Before praying the Regina Coeli, the Pope welcomed the pilgrims who came to see the French, Italian, and Palestinian nuns canonized.
Pope Francis is set to canonize the first two modern day Palestinian saints on Sunday May 17th. The first is Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, founder of the Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem. The other is descalzed Carmelite, Mariam Baouardy.
The order founded in the 19th century by Ghattas has dozens of centers and schools throughout the Middle East. Her canonization moved forward when an electrician who suffered an accident that caused serious brain damage while at work, fully recovered after his family prayed for the intercession of Ghattas.