- Jan 19, 2021
Christians are called to lead and lift people up by being close to them and sharing God’s love, not by judging them, Pope Francis said.
By taking on the frail human condition, God showed his love for humanity and his desire to share in people’s joys and sufferings, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis said he was very saddened that some people during COVID-19 pandemic holiday lockdowns managed to slip away on vacations while so many are suffering economic problems or are ill.
While he skipped morning Mass due to what the Vatican called a “painful sciatica,” Pope Francis was in the saddle again for his Angelus address later in the day, reflecting on the role of Mary as Mother of God and the need for a change in attitude at the end of a tumultuous year.
Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed an upcoming year dedicated to the family as he doubled down on one of his papal priorities and urged renewed attention to his controversial 2016 document on family life.
Pope Francis Saturday pointed to Saint Stephen, stoned to death for promoting Jesus’s teachings, as a heroic example of how small, everyday acts of goodness can have a major yet unseen impact of the world.