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Booklets showing Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas, one of four 19th-century nuns canonised on May 17 (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Pope Francis to canonise first modern saints to hail from the territory that made up historic Palestine

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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Sister Gilbert Saliba visits Nidal Alawi, 11, of Gaza in the intensive care unit of St Joseph Hospital in Jerusalem (Photo: CNS)

Jerusalem patriarch, meanwhile, says conflict is turning Gaza into a ‘factory for extremists’

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for the Angelus yesterday (AP)

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Pope Francis celebrates mass in Amman's International Stadium (AP)

Congregation of 300,000 attend papal Mass in Amman’s International Stadium