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Wed, May. 15 2013 03:02 PM EDT

The Martyrs of Otranto: Beheaded For Their Faith

By Nina Shea
Pope Francis celebrated his first canonizations in the course of his Mass in St. Peter's Square last Sunday, giving the Catholic Church over 800 new saints. All but two (a Colombian nun and a Mexican nun) were the "martyrs of Otranto," who were beheaded for their faith after Turkish Muslims invaded their southern-Italian port city in 1480 (A link to this page will be included in your message. )

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