During his annual New Year’s message on January 1, Pope Francis called for an end to violence against women, saying it was an ‘insult’ to God.
The Pope delivered this message at Mass held at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
Francesco, 85, appeared to be in good health and he walked along the central part of the basilica, compared to services on December 31, when he used an entrance closer to the altar.
Mass participation was limited due to measures against the coronavirus pandemic.
“How much violence is directed against women. Enough. “To hurt a woman is to insult God,” said the Pope.
During a television program last month, the pope said that a man who uses violence against a woman is involved in something “that is almost satanic.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Pope Francis has spoken out several times against violence against women, a phenomenon that increased worldwide during closures due to COVID-19, leaving women to stay indoors with their abusers.