Holy Father Pope Francis while addressing the faithful gathered for his homily on the day of Solemnity of Mother Mary conveyed that the Mother of God is the starting point for the New Year. His Holiness highlighted that the motherhood of Mary reminds the world that God is close to humanity and reflected on the significance of silence in a faithful’s life where he will be able to meet the serenity that God offers him.

As reported by Vatican radio, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “The great miracle of Christmas is that man is no longer alone; no more an orphan but forever a child and this is the novelty presented to us by the liturgy at the beginning of the New Year.” Further, His Holiness added, “Knowing that we are children of God helps us to realize that humanity is precious and is sacred to the Lord. Henceforth, to serve human life is to serve God.”

His Holiness Pope Francis while concluding his remarks reminded the faithful that devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette but highlighted that it is a requirement of the Christian life and concluded with a prayer “May the Mother, God’s finest creation, guard and keep this year and bring the peace of her Son to our hearts and to the world.