Pope Francis concludes “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel) with a prayer for the intercession of Mary as the church evangelizes. He writes of her presence at the stable in Bethlehem and the cross at Gologotha. “She is the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword and who understands all our pain,” he writes. “As mother of all, she is a sign of hope for peoples suffering the birth pangs of justice.”
Posted November 27, 2013.