Vatican City, Nov 1, 2013 / 11:29 am
On the Feast of All Saints, Pope Francis stressed that the saints are not "supermen" who are "born perfect," but rather are ordinary people who followed God "with all their heart."
"They are like us, they are like each of us, they are people who before reaching the glory of heaven lived a normal life, with joys and griefs, struggles and hopes," the Pope said before the noontime Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square Nov. 1.
Each saint changed his or her life "when they recognized the love of God, they followed him with all their heart, without conditions and hypocrisies."
"They spent their lives in the service of others, they endured suffering and adversity without hatred and responded to evil with good, spreading joy and peace," he said.