Christian leaders hope Palestinian saints can be intercessors for peace

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May 7, 2015

Rimond Hayek prays in front of a statue of Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified at the Carmel of the Child Jesus Convent in Bethlehem, West Bank, April 28. Blessed Mary is one of two Palestinian nuns who will be canonized by Pope Francis during a May 23 ceremony in Rome. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) See PALESTINIAN SAINTS May 7, 2015.

Rimond Hayek prays in front of a statue of Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified at the Carmel of the Child Jesus Convent in Bethlehem, West Bank, April 28. Blessed Mary is one of two Palestinian nuns who will be canonized by Pope Francis during a May 23 ceremony in Rome. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Christian leaders in the Holy Land hope two new Palestinian saints will become intercessors for peace and a bridge among faiths.

“I am sure they follow our situation from heaven and will continue to intercede for peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land,” Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem said at a news conference May 6. “Their intercession is strong and efficacious.”

He said not only Christian Palestinians should be proud of the two saints, but also Muslims and Jews “can be happy because two persons from our country joined the highest degree of human righteousness, spiritual wisdom and mystical experience of God.”

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