Pope Francis told an audience of 230 hairdressers, hairstylists and beauticians to stop gossiping.
The pontiff addressed a crowd of Christian beauty professionals gathered in Rome on 29 April.
‘Practice your profession in a Christian style, treating customers with kindness and courtesy, offering them a good word and encouragement,’ Francis said, according to AFP.
‘And avoid succumbing to the temptation of chatter which is easily associated with your field of work.’
Who was Saint Martin de Porres?
Francis also said they should follow in the footsteps of their patron saint, Martin de Porres.
Martin was a barber/surgeon in the 17th century. His double profession covered everything from haircuts to amputations and bloodletting.
‘Each of you, in your professional work, can always act with righteousness, thus making a positive contribution to the common good of society,’ he said.
The Peruvian saint was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He’s also the patron saint of mixed-race people, innkeepers, and public health workers.