This isn’t accurate, as there have been previous Lebanese Arabic-speaking saints prior to the recent canonisation of Baouardy and Ghattas – such as St. Charbel Makhlouf, a Maronite Lebanese Catholic priest who was beatified in 1965, and canonized in 1977.
In fact, The Washington Post corrected their original false claim that the two 19th century nuns were the first Arabic-speaking saints.
We’ll check to make sure that Guardian editors follow through on the correction, but commend Ms. Kirchgaessner in advance for her positive response to our complaint.
UK Media Watch is in communication with other media outlets which made the same error, and will update you when we receive a replies and/or corrections.
UPDATE, May 21
The Guardian article was indeed revised, and the following addendum added: