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Holiness is not a question of age. (WYD 2002 in Toronto)
Do not be afraid to be the saints of the new millennium! (WYD 2000 in Rome)
"Dare to be saints!"
Christ calls us to holiness (03/31/1985)
Pope Benedict XVI
"Dare to be glowing saints!" (09/24/2011)
Meeting with the candidates for Confirmation in Milan (06/02/2012)
Pope Francis
Saint Francis reminds us that Christians set out armed only with their humble faith and concrete love. If we live in the world according to the ways of God, we will become channels of His presence. #UAE #ApostolicJourney   (@Pontifex: 02/05/2019)
Don Bosco had the courage to look at reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God. May every priest imitate him by seeing reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God. #SantaMarta   (@Pontifex: 01/31/2019)
Be like Saint Joseph: a man of dreams, not a dreamer; a man of silence, because he respects God's plan. #SantaMarta   (@Pontifex: 12/18/2018)
Today we celebrate the feast of holiness. Let us strengthen the bonds of love and communion with all the Saints who are already in God's presence.   (@Pontifex: 11/01/2018)
The company of the saints helps us to recognize that God never abandons us, so that we can live and bear witness to hope on this earth.   (@Pontifex: 10/22/2018)
The world needs saints, and all of us, without exception, are called to holiness. We are not afraid!   (@Pontifex: 10/14/2018)
Jesus gave us a simple programme for journeying towards holiness: the commandment of love for God and our neighbor.   (@Pontifex: 09/27/2018)
The witness of St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina encourages us to live the Beatitudes through prayer and works of mercy.   (@Pontifex: 09/22/2018)
Carry peace with you to give it to others with your life, with a smile, with works of charity. Saint Mother Teresa, pray for us!   (@Pontifex: 09/05/2018)
Dear Mothers, be like Saint Monica and never give up. Pray unceasingly for your children.   (@Pontifex: 08/27/2018)
Holiness is not only about the spirit: it is also the feet that take us to our brothers and sisters, and the hands that allow us to help them.   (@Pontifex: 07/29/2018)
Europe rediscovers hope when the human person is at the heart of its institutions. St Benedict, pray for us!   (@Pontifex: 07/11/2018)
Mary lived Jesus’ Beatitudes like no other: she is saintly among the saints, she shows us the way to holiness and accompanies us.   (@Pontifex: 05/18/2018)
We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do. #GaudeteetExsultate   (@Pontifex: 04/14/2018)
The holiness to which the Lord calls you grows through small gestures in everyday life. #GaudeteetExsultate   (@Pontifex: 04/13/2018)
Saints are distinguished by a spirit of prayer and a need for communion with God. There is no holiness without prayer. #Holiness   (@Pontifex: 04/12/2018)
Holiness is the most attractive face of the Church. #SaintsToday

The word "happy" or "blessed" becomes a synonym for "holy", because those faithful to God, by their self-giving, gain true happiness. #GaudeteetExsultate   (
@Pontifex: 04/11/2018)
Keeping a heart free of all that tarnishes love, sowing peace all around us, accepting daily the path of the Gospel, even though it may cause us problems: that is holiness. #SaintsToday

Being poor of heart, reacting with meekness and humility, knowing how to mourn with others, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, seeing and acting with mercy: that is holiness. #SaintsToday   (
@Pontifex: 04/10/2018)
Are you in a position of authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain. #GaudeteetExsultate

Are you a parent or grandparent? Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. #SaintsToday

Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. #Holiness

Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church. #GaudeteetExsultate

Are you called to the consecrated life? Be holy by living out your commitment with joy. #SaintsToday

The Lord calls each of us to holiness, you too. #Holiness

I wish to repropose the call to holiness: “Rejoice and be glad”. #GaudeteetExsultate    (
@Pontifex: 04/09/2018)
Dear friends, the world needs saints and we are all called to holiness without exception. Don’t be afraid!   (@Pontifex: 11/01/2017)
Today, as we remember Saint John Paul II, let us also recall his words: “Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors for Christ!”   (@Pontifex: 10/22/2017)
Along with the Saints, let the joy and beauty of living the Gospel shine through the witness of our lives.   (@Pontifex: 10/15/2017)
Like Saint John XXIII, whom we remember today, let us witness to God’s goodness and mercy before the Church and the world.   (@Pontifex: 10/11/2017)
Like Saint Francis of Assisi, let us be transformed by the love of Christ in order to live in simplicity and joy.   (@Pontifex: 10/04/2017)
Like Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, let us learn from the humility of God who became small for us.   (@Pontifex: 10/01/2017)
Like Mother Teresa, may we open up opportunities of joy and hope for the many who are discouraged and need understanding and tenderness.   (@Pontifex: 09/05/2017)
Today we give glory to God for the work of Saint Dominic in the service of the Gospel which he preached with his words and his life.   (@Pontifex: 08/08/2017)
Like Saint Ignatius of Loyola, let us be won over by the Lord Jesus and, led by Him, place ourselves at the service of others.    (@Pontifex: 07/31/2017)
The Saints as witnesses and companions of Hope: "We can become Saints."  (Catechesis June 21, 2017 - YOUCAT n. 342)
The Church needs everyday saints, those of ordinary life carried out with coherence.   (@Pontifex: 06/07/2017)
Today we remember Blessed Charles de Foucauld who said, faith calls us to see Jesus in every human being.   (@Pontifex: 12/01/2016)
On this feast of Saint Andrew, with fraternal affection I am close to Patriarch Bartholomew and pray for him and the Church entrusted to him.   (@Pontifex: 11/30/2016)
The saints have found the secret of authentic happiness, which lies deep within the soul and has its source in the love of God.   (@Pontifex: 11/01/2016)
“Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors for Christ!” – Saint John Paul II, 22 October 1978.   (@Pontifex: 10/22/2016)
Holiness is to live by being loving and offering our Christian witness in our everyday lives.   (@Pontifex: 10/19/2016)
Let us go forward with courage on the path to holiness!   (@Pontifex: 10/16/2016)
Let us carry Mother Teresa’s smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey.   (@Pontifex: 09/04/2016)
Let us imitate Mother Teresa who made works of mercy the guide of her life and the path towards holiness.   (@Pontifex: 09/03/2016)
May a powerful gust of holiness sweep through all the Americas during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy!   (@Pontifex: 08/27/2016)
The Saints are not supermen, nor were they born perfect. When they recognized God’s love, they followed it and served others. (@Pontifex: 06/05/2016)
Holiness is courage, hope, grace, and conversion.  (Homily at Mass at Santa Marta: May 24, 2016)
The Jubilee is a year-long celebration, in which every moment becomes a chance for us to grow in holiness. (@Pontifex: 04/06/2016)
The time has come for new messengers of Christ, ever more generous, more joyful and more holy. (@Pontifex: 11/30/2015)
Uganda has experienced the witness of Christian martyrs. May they help us spread the joy of the Gospel without fear. (@Pontifex: 11/28/2015)
Saint Joseph Vaz, teach us to grow in holiness and to live the Gospel’s message of mercy. (@Pontifex: 01/14/2015)
Holiness in everyday life.  (Catechesis November 19, 2014 - YOUCAT n. 342)
The martyrs teach us that wealth, prestige and honor have little importance: Christ is the only true treasure. (@Pontifex: 08/16/2014)
Holiness means giving ourselves in sacrifice every day. And so married life is a tremendous path to sanctity!  (@Pontifex: 05/09/2014)
To be a saint is not a luxury. It is necessary for the salvation of the world.  (Homily: February 23, 2014)
If we decide to avoid gossip, in the end we will become a saint!   (Angelus: February 16, 2014)
 Holiness doesn’t mean doing extraordinary things, but doing ordinary things with love and faith.  (@Pontifex: 12/05/2013)
The Kingdom of Heaven is for those who place their trust in the love of God, not in material possessions.  (@Pontifex: 11/22/2013)
To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone. (@Pontifex: 11/21/2013)
The Saints were not superhuman. They were people who loved God in their hearts, and who shared this joy with others. (@Pontifex: 11/19/2013)
Saints are people who belong fully to God. They are not afraid of being mocked, misunderstood or marginalized. (@Pontifex: 11/07/2013)
The Creed: Church is holy (Catechese 11/02/2013)
Prayer, humility, and charity toward all are essential in the Christian life: they are the way to holiness. (@Pontifex: 07/16/2013)