Pope creates hundreds of new saints, including canonising 800 Otranto martyrs
Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
Monday 13 May 2013
Pope Francis created hundreds of new saints in a ceremony at the Vatican today.
The newly canonised include 800 Italians – victims of Ottoman soldiers who carried out a massacre in the southern Italian town of Otranto in 1480, beheading those who refused to convert to Islam.
The Otranto martyrs meant the canonisation was the biggest by any pope at one time. It also included Colombia’s first saint, Laura of St Catherine of Siena, a nun who went into the forests in 1914 to teach indigenous people in a way that the Argentinian Pope said “respected their culture”.
Pope Francis said the newly created saints were a source of inspiration for “so many Christians, who, right in these times and in so many parts of the world, still suffer violence”.
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Canadian woman suing police who locked her in van with sex offender who then raped her
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Putin opponent reveals Russian President's daughter's secret identity
Ball pool for adults opens in London
Gay couple buy JebBushForPresident.com web domain, and refuse to sell
Canadian woman suing police who locked her in van with sex offender who then raped her
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£15000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Now our rapidly expanding and A...
£15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you passionate about great ...
£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing reinforcing s...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing reinforcing s...