Pope at New Year’s Mass: Support mothers, protect women

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Pope Francis kicked off the new calendar year in 2022 by emphasizing the important role of women and mothers in society. In his homily for the feast of Mary, the Mother of God, the pontiff said on New Year’s Day in St Peter’s Basilica that mothers must be supported and women protected. “How much violence there is against women!” the 85-year-old lamented. “There must be an end to it! To violate a woman is to insult God, who took his human form from a woman.” Unlike Vespers on New Year’s Eve, Francis again presided over the first service of 2022 himself. The Church is mother, the Church is woman…

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