"Where there is a mother, there is unity, there is belonging, belonging as children."
The pope asked for prayers for all those around the world, 'who do not have work, or else, who do jobs that are inappropriate, poorly paid or harmful to one's health.'
When one thinks of old age as a stage of life that is for giving joy, wisdom, hope, one begins to live again.
Even when they do not say "no" to God, human beings can be experts in saying, "yes, but ..." to God, the pope said.
Preaching God's mercy has been a central focus of Pope Francis' ministry since his election in March 2013, and the closing of the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 20 will not end that focus.
Pope says much more needs to be done in the fight against this "true crime against humanity."
Pope Francis prayed that the example and intercession of these new saints sustain the commitment of each one for the good of the church and the civil community.
Praying with genuine candor and honesty, the way a child pours out his emotions to his father, is how we must pray in the most terrible, desolate, crushing moments.
Pope Francis holds a baby as he visits the neonatal unit at San Giovanni Hospital in Rome Sept. 16. The visit was part of the pope’s series of Friday works of mercy during the Holy Year. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano, handout) ...