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After year of bad press, Pope delivers new year Mass at St. Peter's Basilica

After year of bad press, Pope delivers new year Mass at St. Peter's Basilica

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Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Pope Francis celebrated the new year at St. Peter's Basilica, where he celebrated Mass and likened God's love to a mother's love during his homily. "Let us allow ourselves to be embraced," he said at the Vatican. The pope cited a mother's loving embrace as the disposition needed to address the world's problems. "We need to learn from mothers that heroism is shown in self-giving, strength in compassion, wisdom in meekness," the Catholic leader said. Francis called on Catholics to look to the "Mother of God," saying: "Let us allow ourselves to be gazed upon, to be embraced, to be taken by the hand.' '' The pope also addressed the crowds in St. Peter's Square from the window of the apostolic palace on the 52nd World Day of Peace, started by Pope John XXIII. In the address, F...