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‘Keep’ and ‘ponder’ as Mary did, Pope preaches on New Year’s Day

January 03, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and the 55th World Day of Peace.

“At the beginning of the New Year, then, let us place ourselves under the protection of this woman, the Mother of God, who is also our mother,” Pope Francis preached. “May she help us to keep and ponder all things, unafraid of trials and with the joyful certainty that the Lord is faithful and can transform every cross into a resurrection.”

During his homily, the Pontiff also deplored violence against women. “How much violence is directed against women! Enough! To hurt a woman is to insult God, who from a woman took on our humanity. He did not do it through an angel; nor did he come directly; he did it through a woman.”

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