Pope Francis
Pope Francis delivers his Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

Pope Francis made a very addressed the crowd gathered beneath the window of the Papal apartments that look down on St. Peter’s Square to pray the ‘Regina coeli’ with him. In addition, he greeted all those around the world who are celebrating Mother's Day, after offering advice on loving to the point of laying down one's life. “Today in many countries celebrate Mother's Day. We remember with gratitude and affection all mothers,” said the Pontiff before asking for a round of applause for all mothers present in the Square.

“That applause embraces all mothers, all our dear mothers: those who live with us physically, but also those who live with us spiritually. May the Lord bless them all, and may the Mother of God, to whom this month is dedicated, watch over them all,” said Pope Francis. After this, His Holiness proceeded to thank those who were beginning to gather for the March of Life, “It is important to collaborate together in order to defend and promote life,” he said.

During his address, Pope Francis recounted Christ's words during the Last Supper: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Pope Francis explained that Christ loves us even when we haven’t merited this love. “In this way, Jesus shows us the path to following him, the path of love.”

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