Nun who saved Jews made a saint

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - (JTA)

A Swedish nun who saved Jewish fam­i­lies from the Nazis dur­ing the Holo­caust was can­on­ized on Sun­day by Pope Fran­cis dur­ing a cer­e­mony at St. Peter’s Square in the Vat­i­can. Mary El­iz­a­beth Hes­sel­blad, who con­verted to Catholi­cism af­ter be­ing born a Lutheran, be­came the first Swedish saint in more than 600 years. Hes­sel­blad saved at least 12 Jews dur­ing the Holo­caust, hid­ing them in the con­vent in Rome where she served as mother superior. The Jews re­mained hid­den for about six months, un­til the end of the war. She was rec­og­nized as a Right­eous Among the Na­tions by Is­rael’s Yad Vashem in 2004. Hes­sel­blad died in Rome in 1957 at 87.

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