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    Pope canonises 800 martyrs killed by Turks

    Pope Francis has created the first saints of his reign, canonising some 800 Italian martyrs who refused to convert to Islam in the 15th century.

    Tens of thousands of faithful gathered to watch as Pope Francis formally bestowed the sainthoods, which had been approved by his predecessor Benedict XVI, during the mass at St Peter's Square on Sunday.

    The new saints include Italian cobbler Antonio Primaldo, who was killed by Ottoman forces, along with an estimated 800 others, for refusing to convert to Islam in the town of Otranto in 1480.

    Most of the dead remain anonymous.

    "While we venerate the martyrs of Otranto, ask God to support the many Christians who still suffer from violence and give them the courage and fate and respond to evil with goodness," the Pope said, referring to the persecution of Christians.

    Pope canonises 800 martyrs killed by Turks - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


    How can these 800 people all become saints. To become a saint you need a detailed account of some specifically amazing deeds done by your good personage. I think it has to include 1 miracle too. These punters did well to stick by their faith in the face of extreme proselytisation but no more than might have been expected in that age of religious fervour.

    I would be a bit grumbly about this if I was one of the existing saints that really had put on a miraculous show to find the floodgates open to these fellas and my own esteem proportionally diluted.

    I don't like this new pope much. He looks too nice and friendly. What we need in this age of religious conflict is an intimidating looking fella like Benedict.

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    It is all part of the dumbing down process we are witnessing in every form of life.

    The next Pope will probably be a woman. "Madame Pope" I can see it now.

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    All it really shows (and as far as I am concerned) is that even in the 15TH century Muslims were pursuing Jihad and actively slaughtering Infidels in the name of Allah , just like they are still doing today .

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    Next. These awards are becoming 2 a penny,just like U.K Knight hood and Lords.

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    Better than the Mormon Church in America which continues to baptize celebrities and claims them as their own. Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Buddah, Jeanne d'Arc, Marx, Mussolini etc etc.

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    You're complaining that the Grand Fairy of a clinically delusional organization that believes in unicorns, magic and ritual cannibalism isn't following the rules?

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    Can't see why they didn't just convert, they share many ideals. Perhaps they weren't prepared to give up their bacon butties.

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    Life was short and cheap in those times, and heaven and hell, angels and demons and the devil appeared very real to the people.

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    Saw that the pope attracted thousand in S America.....seem to have read that Hitler did the same?

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    They're going to lose business to the mussies if they don't sort this out. I mean, "canonisation" against 72 virgins?

    They could at least lay on a dozen kiddies or something, if only for the priests.

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