Indulging in gossip while feathering locks or painting fingernails is ungodly, Pope Francis warned hairdressers, hairstylists and beauticians.
The Pope on Monday welcomed hairdressers, hairstylists and beauticians to the Vatican where he urged them to practice their profession in a Godly manner.
“Practise your profession in a Christian style, treating customers with kindness and courtesy, and always offering them a good word and encouragement.
“Avoid giving in to the temptation of chatter that easily creeps into your work environment,” He said.
He added that cosmetologists should be guided by their patron saint, Peruvian Martino de Porres, a 16th-century barber-surgeon whose miracles include levitation, being in two places at once, instant cures, and an ability to communicate with animals.
De Porres, who is also the patron saint of mixed-race people, innkeepers and public health workers, was a barber-surgeon in Lima, an ancient trade which 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,” Francis said.
The Argentine pontiff opened a barber shop and washrooms for the homeless in Saint Peter’s Square in 2015.