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Pope Francis to postulators: Don't be guided by personal interests

Pope Francis met with members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for the institution's 50th anniversary.

The pope said there have been numerous beatifications and canonizations, and that they are proof that sainthood is not unreachable. He said everyone can obtain it. For example, mothers and fathers who strive to educate their children well. Or the sick who don't let themselves be discouraged by their ailments, and the elderly who joyfully carry the weight of old age and solitude.

This is so often the holiness of the next door neighbor, of those who live close to us and are a reflection of the presence of God.

Pope Francis directed a message to postulators, those who guide a cause for beatification or canonization through the judicial processes required by the Church. He asked them not to let themselves be influenced by pressure.

They should not allow themselves to be guided by material visions and economic interests. They should not seek their personal affirmation. Above all, they should avoid all that which is in contradiction with the meaning of the ecclesial work which they carry out.

During his pontificate, the pope has canonized nearly 900 people. He has also written an apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et exultate, in which he emphasizes that sanctity is not a narrow path for a select few, but rather, a universal calling.

Javier Romero
Translation: Claudia Torres