Vatican City, May 31, 2016 / 11:11 am
In his homily at daily Mass on Tuesday, Pope Francis pointed to Mary's encounter with Elizabeth at the Visitation as a lesson in service and joy in the Christian life.
"Serving others is a Christian sign," he said during morning Mass in the Vatican's Santa Marta residence, according to Vatican Radio.
May 31 marks the Feast of the Visitation, commemorating how Mary, after learning that she is pregnant with God's son, goes at once to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant at an advanced age.
For Mary, a teen girl, to travel without hesitation to help her cousin shows great courage, Pope Francis said.