His speech to the believers from the Vatican in Rome during Saturday’s Mass focused on Mary, the mother of Jesus, as Francis drew inspiration from her delivering her child in a humble manger.
“Mary is now in the dark stable of Bethlehem. Yet this is where she gives God to the world. Others, before the scandal with the manger, could feel deeply concerned. She does not,” Francis preached. “Let us learn from the Mother of God how to have the same attitude: to preserve and to consider […] We hope that everything is in order and then an unexpected problem arises like lightning from a clear sky. Our expectations are painfully in line with reality. “
He spoke out against violence against women as the sermon neared its end, saying: “And as mothers give life and women ‘preserve’ the world, let us all make a greater effort to promote motherhood and protect women. How much violence is it. aimed at women! Enough! To hurt a woman is to insult God, who from a woman assumed our humanity. “
The 85-year-old pope marked what the Vatican calls World Peace Day, where popes have given speeches since 1968. January 1 is also the Catholic feast day for Mary, the Mother of God.
In the same message, the head of the Catholic Church told people gathered in St. Peter’s Square that the world had become so accustomed to enormous tragedies that “we hardly notice them anymore.” The pope called for an end to conflicts throughout the Middle East and Africa, listing several places, including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan and Ethiopia.