Ramallah – The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, has invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to attend Mass for the canonization of the Blessed Palestinians, Sister Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Sister Mariam of Jesus crucified Bawardi, which will be celebrated at the Vatican on May 17. This was announced by Jordanian priest Rifat Bader, director of the Catholic Centre for Studies and Media and responsible for the abuna.org website.
The invitation was addressed directly by the Patriarch to President Abbas during the visit paid by a patriarchal delegation at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, on Sunday, March 22. During the talks, President Abbas thanked Patriarch Twal and exalted the role carried out by the local Church at the service of society and the Palestinian people, especially in the field of education, welfare and health.
Mariam Bawardi (1846-1878) was born in the village of Ibillin in Galilee, and founded the Carmel of Bethlehem. Marie Alphonsine Ghattas (1843-1927), was born in Jerusalem and helped to start the Congregation of the Sisters of the Rosary. Patriarch Twal has just published a pastoral Letter dedicated to the two sisters who will soon be proclaimed saints by the Church.
By: Agenzia Fides