The Pope started off 2015, by celebrating a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica to mark the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
In his homily, the Pope explained that Christ and his mother are inseparable, for it was Mary, he added that gave Jesus the knowledge of the heart and of faith.
"The two were together, just as they were together at Calvary, because Christ and His mother are inseparable. There is a very close relationship between them, as there is between every child and his or her mother.”
Just like Christ and Mary are inseparable, the Pope explained that one cannot separate the Church from Christ. It's a contradiction, he said, for one to believe in Jesus but not in His Church.
"Without the Church, Jesus Christ is reduced to an idea, a moral teaching, a feeling. Without the Church our relationship with Christ would be at the mercy of our imagination, our interpretations, our moods.”
Since the day coincides with the International Day for Peace, the Pope called on all Christians, and all people of good will, to do their part in the fight against modern day slavery.