Posted on 2 May 2013

Pope Francis to canonize 800 Christians murdered by jihadists


Excerpt: “Pope Francis to canonise 800 Italians slain during historic siege,” by Carol Glatz for the Catholic Herald, April 30, 2013.

Pope Francis is preparing to canonise an estimated 800 Italian laymen killed by Ottoman soldiers in the 15th century. The canonisation service will be on May 12 in St Peter’s Square and it will be the first carried out by the Pontiff since he was elected in early March.

The killing of the martyrs by Ottoman troops, who launched a weeks-long siege of Otranto, a small port town at the most eastern tip of southern Italy, took place in 1480.



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