VATICAN CITY | Papal ode to motherhood ushers in 2019 after disastrous 2018
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis ushered in the New Year with an ode to motherhood Tuesday, reminding the faithful that a mother’s example and embrace is the best antidote to today’s disjointed world of solitude and misery.
Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to formally open 2019, a Jan. 1 tradition that is dedicated both to the Madonna and to the Catholic Church’s call for peace.
In his homily, Francis urged Catholics to allow themselves to be led again as children are led by their mothers, saying “a world that looks to the future without a mother’s gaze is shortsighted.”
“It may well increase its profits, but it will no longer see others as children,” he said.