Vatican City, Oct 17, 2012 / 10:24 am
The head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints declared saints the "indispensable protagonists" of the New Evangelization, which is the focus of the ongoing synod in Rome.
"The saints evangelize by their virtuous lives," said Cardinal Angelo Amato during the Oct. 15 afternoon session of the synod of bishops on the New Evangelization. "They incarnate the evangelical beatitudes. They are the mirror to fidelity to Christ."
His comments come just days before Pope Benedict XVI canonizes seven new saints at Oct. 21 Mass in St. Peter's Square.
Cardinal Amato, an Italian, noted that the theme of sanctity in the Church, "in her being and in the acting of her children," permeates the working document of the synod.