Pope Francis: With Mary, free to make good choices

Freedom is not simply doing what you want, “throwing everything you don’t like out the window. Freedom is given so that we might know to make good choices in life,” as Mary did. Pope Francis was speaking on Saturday night in the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major, where he prayed the rosary after taking possession of the church with the kissing of the Crucifix. The icon of Mary Salus Populi Romani, which Pope Francis venerated had already venerated on March 14 — just hours after his election — was placed on the altar for the occasion. After the recitation of the Joyful Mysteries, the Pope recalled that Mary is a mother that “helps us to grow, to confront life, to be free.” She helps us, he continued, …

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