World needs Mary’s motherly guidance: Pope

Pope Francis with teachers and students, from the Marianum pontifical institute for the study of Mariology, at the Vatican on Saturday (CNS/Vatican Media)

The Church needs to rediscover its maternal heart and the world needs Mary’s motherly guidance so it can become a place where everyone is welcomed as brothers and sisters, Pope Francis said at the weekend. Source: CNS.

“We need maternity, those who generate and regenerate life with tenderness, because only giving, caring and sharing hold the human family together,” he said during an audience on Saturday with professors and students of the Marianum, a pontifical institute for the study of Mariology in Rome.

A world without mothers has no future, he said. “Earnings and profits by themselves do not offer a future, rather sometimes they increase inequality and injustice. Mothers instead make every child feel at home and give hope.”

Pope Francis reminded the staff of the institute that they should be open to opportunities for collaboration with other institutes.

“Mary is a mother who teaches the art of encounter and walking together,” he said. “And, so, it is wonderful that, like in a big family, different theological and spiritual traditions merge at the Marianum, which contributes to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.”

It is important that Mariology also pays attention to, promotes and “sometimes purifies” popular devotions to Mary, he added.

And, just as women had an essential role in the story of salvation, their importance for the church and the world today must be recognised, Francis said.

“How many women do not receive their due dignity! Women, one of whom brought God into the world, must be able to bring their gifts to history,” he said.


World, theology need intelligence, gifts of women, pope tells scholars (By Carol Glatz, CNS

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