Faith is expressed in charity, unity, pope says at canonization Mass

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May 18, 2015

Banners showing new Saints Marie-Alphonsine, Jeanne Emilie De Villeneuve, Maria Cristina Brando and Mary of Jesus Crucified hang from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica during their canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-SAINTS May 17, 2015.

Banners showing new Saints Marie-Alphonsine, Jeanne Emilie De Villeneuve, Maria Cristina Brando and Mary of Jesus Crucified hang from the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica during their canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Declaring four 19th-century women religious saints, Pope Francis said they are models for all Christians of how faith, nourished in prayer, is expressed concretely in acts of charity and the promotion of unity.

The new saints, proclaimed during a Mass May 17 in St. Peter’s Square, included two Palestinians — Sts. Marie-Alphonsine, founder of the Rosary Sisters, and Mary of Jesus Crucified, a Melkite Carmelite — as well as French St. Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve and Italian St. Maria Cristina Brando.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was present at the Mass, as were Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham and Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

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