Vatican City, Jan 6, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Pope John Paul II dedicated his first catechesis of 2004 to reflect upon “The divine maternity of Mary”, and called Christians to contemplate the Mother of God before the Christmas season ends.
“Mary, Mother of God!,” exclaimed the Pope during the general audience at the Paul VI Hall.
“This truth of faith which is deeply linked to the feast of Christmas is particularly clear in the liturgy of the first day of the year, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Mary is the mother of the Redeemer; she is the woman chosen by God to carry out the project of salvation centered on the mystery of the Incarnation of the divine Word,” he added.
“Mary's entire life is closely tied to Jesus' life. At Christmas it is she who offers Jesus to mankind,” the Pontiff also said.