National Vocation Awareness Week is coming, November 6-12.
The novena -- nine consecutive days of prayer -- asks the intercession of Mary, the mother of Jesus, under her title of the Immaculate Conception.
"Politicians, their staffs and volunteers should reflect our best aspirations as citizens."
Pope Francis prayed that the example and intercession of these new saints sustain the commitment of each one for the good of the church and the civil community.
The cardinal-designate has said he bore those decades of trial because Christ said that those who wished to follow him would have to carry his cross.