Pray for Persecuted Christians, says Francis to the Women Religious in Rome for the Canonization of the Palestinian Saints

“I am giving you a mission: pray to the two new saints for peace in your land, so that there may be an end to this interminable war, and to bring peace among peoples”, said Pope Francis said as he received in audience the Carmelite Sisters of Bethlehem and the Middle East and the Sisters of the Rosary, in Rome to attend the canonization of Mary of Jesus Crucified and Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas.

“I am giving you a mission: pray to the two new saints for peace in your land, so that there may be an end to this interminable war, and to bring peace among peoples”, said Pope Francis said as he received in audience the Carmelite Sisters of Bethlehem and the Middle East and the Sisters of the Rosary, in Rome to attend the canonization of Mary of Jesus Crucified and Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas.

“Pray too for Christians who are persecuted, driven away from their homes and their land, and victims of ‘white-gloved’ persecution, hidden but present: white-gloved persecution and terrorism. Keep praying for peace”.

The Holy Father, who greeted the women religious during an interval in his meeting with the heads of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, invited them all to pray a Hail Mary, each in her own language.