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A saint-making record is also a diplomatic headache for Pope Francis
by Claudio Lavanga
Pope Francis canonized more than 800 Catholics in Saint Peter's Square Sunday – the largest number to be elevated to sainthood at once in the history of the Catholic Church.
The choice of some of the new saints was also striking, touching on the already-fragile relationship between Christianity and Islam.
The new saints included hundreds of laymen from the southern Italian port town of Otranto who were slain in the 15th century by the invading Ottoman Turkish army after they refused to convert to Islam.
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