Vatican City, Sep 5, 2004 / 22:00 pm
During the celebration of a Mass on Sunday September 5 in Loreto in which he beatified the Servants of God and members of Catholic Action Fr. Pedro (Pere) Tarres i Claret (1905-1950), Alberto Marvelli (1918-1946), and Pina Surian (1915-1950), lay persons, Pope John Paul II affirmed that “holiness is the greatest gift you can give to the Church and to the world.”
“To adhere to Christ is a ‘demanding choice,’” the Pope told the crowd of 250,000 in his homily. “It is not by chance that Jesus speaks of the 'cross.' He immediately clarifies himself: 'follow me.' This is the great message: we are not alone in carrying the cross. He walks in front of us, opening up the way with the light of His example and with the strength of His love."
Through the beatification of these three servants of God, said the Holy Father, addressing all the members of Catholic Action, the Lord "says to you that holiness is the greatest gift you can give to the Church and to the world.”
“May the Church's concern be your concern as well: that many men and women of our time may be overcome by Christ's attraction; that His Gospel may shine once again like a light of hope for the poor, sick and those who hunger for justice; may Christian communities be ever-more lively, open and attractive; may our cities be hospitable and liveable for all; may humanity be able to follow the ways of peace and fraternity," said the Pope.