Pope Francis celebrated his first Mother’s Day as head of the Catholic Church by announcing that he has nominated every mother in the world for sainthood.

The quarter of a million faithful who were gathered in St. Peter’s Square to hear the Pontiff’s Sunday Blessing, responded to the announcement enthusiastically with thunderous applause.

“My advisers tell me that they probably will not be able to make a billion new saints, but I had to at least make the effort,” The Holy Father explained to this Modern Philosopher via Skype after the announcement.  “Mothers do so much for us, they give us life, they protect us, they love us, and most of all, they put up with us.  They deserve to be recognized as the saints that they truly are.”

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