Pope Francis pointed to the number of lay catechists declared martyrs, blesseds or saints by the church.
Matthias was the replacement for Judas Iscariot among the Twelve Apostles.
Philip had a part in feeding the 5,000. Not much is known about James.
The pope said Christians are never alone in prayer but instead are accompanied by countless saints who have preceded them.
Pope Francis has yet to sign decrees in sainthood causes that follow the new path he approved in 2017, that of giving one’s life in a heroic act of loving service to others.
Feast day: June 3 AN EVIL KING AND THE ONES WHO STOOD UP TO HIM Evil kings torturing and killing the young men of their court […]
While the original St. Nicholas was known and honored for his concern for the poor, the Church also remembers him as a fierce defender of the faith against the Arian heresy at the first Church council in Nicaea.
He hopes the book will encourage others to “make room” for encounters with the saints.