Pope Francis, who is also fighting against Benedict XVI'samong many in the Muslim community, tried to handle the potentially awkward moment by declining to mention "Islam" in his . Instead, he emphasized the Christian faith of the martyrs, with a relatively toned-down nod to ending inter-religious violence: "Let us ask God to sustain those many Christians who, in these times and in many parts of the world, right now, still suffer violence, and give them the courage and fidelity to respond to evil with good,” he told the crowd in St. Peter's Square.
The pope also canonized two women from Latin America, which seems to be a more fitting way for the first pope from the continent to kick off his tenure. Those two new saints are. Saints, as you might know, in the eyes of the church to qualify for the Catholic church's highest honor.