Pontiff Calls Youth to the "Heroism of Sanctity"

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 3, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI today pointed to the testimony of martyrs and invited youth to open their hearts to the «heroism of sanctity.»

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In his traditional greeting to young people, the sick and newlyweds at the end of the general audience, the Pope noted the group of martyrs being celebrated by the liturgy this week. Today’s memorial is that of St. Blaise and there are upcoming commemorations of St. Agatha on Friday and St. Paul Miki and his companions on Saturday.

«May the courage of these heroic witnesses of Christ help you, dear young people, to open your hearts to the heroism of sanctity,» the Holy Father said.

«May it sustain you, dear sick people, to offer the precious gift of prayer and of suffering for the Church,» he added, «and may it give you, dear newlyweds, the strength to imprint Christian values on your families.»

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