World Bulletin / News Desk
Pope Francis on Sunday has named 800 new saints, Christians who fought against the Ottoman Empire in 1480 in Italy's southern town of Otranto.
Pope Francis carried out the wish of Pope Benedict XVI, his predecessor, to canonize the 800 Italians from Otranto.
Ottoman army under the rule of Admiral Gedik Ahmet Pasha had set sail to Italy on July 1480 upon Ottoman Sultan Fatih the Conqueror's order to take Otranto.
The Ottoman army held the Otranto castle for 13 months. However, they had to withdraw as the army had not been reinforced and due to the Ottoman sultan's demise.
The 800 Italians are claimed to have been beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam.
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