(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis invoked Saint Francis of Paola during his weekly General Audience on Wednesday. The Holy Father greeted devotees of the saint, who are marking the sixth centenary of his birth.
Saint Francis of Paula was born in Calabria in 1416, and as a young man entered the Franciscan Order. Seeking a more austere spirituality, he later founded the Hermits of Saint Francis of Assisi, which was afterward renamed the Minim friars.
After greeting the saint’s devotees, the Holy Father called on young people to “learn from Saint Francis of Paola that humility is a strength, not a weakness.”
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