‘Pope Francis’ Urges: ‘Let Us Entrust the New Year to Mary’

ROME — The leader of Roman Catholicism, Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” observed the feast of “the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God” on New Year’s Day, urging followers to “entrust the new year to Mary.”

“Let us entrust the new year to Mary, Mother of God, so that peace and mercy may grow throughout the world,” he Tweeted on Sunday, generating over 33,000 likes and 11,000 shares.

The feast “coincides with the octave-day of Christmas” on the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar, and was initially the feast of the Circumcision of Christ until being replaced in 1974 by Pope John VI. The “mother of God” concept, however, can be traced back as early as the Council of Ephesus in 431.

“This celebration, assigned to January 1 in conformity with the ancient liturgy of the city of Rome, is meant to commemorate the part played by Mary in this mystery of salvation,” John XI wrote. “It is meant also to exalt the singular dignity which this mystery brings to the ‘holy mother … through whom we were found worthy … to receive the Author of life.'”

“It is likewise a fitting occasion for renewed adoration of the newborn Prince of Peace, for listening once more to the glad tidings of the angels, and for imploring from God, through the Queen of Peace, the supreme gift of peace,” he said. The day is also known as the “World Day of Peace” for this reason.

In addition to Tweeting in observance of the day on Sunday, Bergoglio also delivered a homily before the masses, outlining why he believes it is important to begin a new year in such a manner.

“To celebrate Mary as mother of God and our mother at the beginning of the new year means recalling a certainty that will accompany our days: we are a people with a mother; we are not orphans,” he said. “To begin the year by recalling God’s goodness in the maternal face of Mary, in the maternal face of the Church, in the faces of our own mothers, protects us from the corrosive disease of being ‘spiritual orphans.'”

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Bergoglio asserted that Jesus gave Mary to the Church when he died upon the cross, and the Church should therefore invite her into their homes and communities, and “meet her maternal gaze.”

“Together let us all confess this truth,” he instructed, as all stood to their feet. “I invite you to acclaim it three times, standing, like the faithful of Ephesus: Holy Mother of God, Holy Mother of God, Holy Mother of God.”

Bergoglio has made similar declarations throughout his tenure, urging others each Jan. 1 to entrust the year to Mary.


But Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries in Plano, Texas, told Christian News Network that such practices are unbiblical and elevate Mary to a position not called for in the Word of God. Gendron is a former Roman Catholic of over 30 years.

“Pope Francis has elevated the ungodly traditions of Mary above Scripture. In doing so, he is doing the same thing the scribes and Pharisees did when they were rebuked by the Lord Jesus. Jesus told them that they were nullifying the Word of God and thus worshipping God in vain (Mark 7:7-13),” he said.

Gendron noted that the feast of “Mary, the Mother of God” is one among several on the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar.

“The four dogmas of Mary’s perpetual virginity, her motherhood of God, her immaculate conception and her bodily assumption into heaven, form the basis of Mariology,” he outlined. “The development of Mariology is ongoing and continues to be shaped by the writings of Catholic mystics, papal statements and apparitions of Mary. Catholics are encouraged to venerate Mary and entrust their lives to her as their advocate and mediatrix of all graces.”

“Since veneration is a form of worship, Catholics who venerate Mary are committing the most serious sin of idolatry. Just as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, Catholics are being led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ (2 Cor. 11:3),” Gendron continued. “Catholics will continue to be led astray into idolatry until they submit to the Word of God as their supreme authority in all matters of faith. ”

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  • HpO

    If “Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries … is a former Roman Catholic of over 30 years”, he should know better by now how to evangelize his own religious people of the past, than to present them with standard apologetics with “Mark 7:7-13 … 2 Cor. 11:3” to go along with it.  If Jesus had gone to their study groups, he’d rather have them show Him where in their “The Catechism of the Catholic Church” they got their Mariology from in terms of written (including in the gospels, epistles and apocalypsis) and oral traditions.  Apologetics stuff is foreign to them so they won’t listen, thereby wasting both their time and Gendron’s.  But not, though, when you’re engaging in a more homey, hence meaningful, back-&-forth discussion, like Jesus would’ve been doing.  That’s what He did at one synagogue, I believe, when, while discussing Isaiah’s prophecy, they asked him to join in the discussion by handing Him one of the scrolls.  I’m saying, we and Gendron better be doing the same thing with our lost friends over at their Vatican “synagogues”, and stop apologetic-izing from outside their boxes.

  • I would rather entrust the New Year to Jesus, since he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

    Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Romans 8:34-35,37-39

    Peace will only grow throughout the world when people put their faith in Jesus.

    Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
    Romans 5:1

    • Jenny Ondioline

      I was raised Catholic, and attended mass for many years. Catholics worship Jesus Christ.

      • HpO

        I 2nd that; they do, especially during the Eucharistic liturgy. But it gets more complicated than that for my Catholic friends when, upon realizing Jesus meant “worship in spirit and in truth” only, they run to “The Catechism of the Catholic Church” to interpret what that means, then go by what it says there, according to the church magisterium. Notice that they don’t, on their own and on the get-go, run to the gospels, epistles and apocalypsis (Revelation), then do what Jesus and His 1st apostles and disciples tell them to do by way of worshiping God only in spirit and in truth. Now, if there’s such a radical difference between worship according to the magisterium versus worship according to Jesus and His 1st apostles and disciples, you can start to imagine that happening too in the matter at hand of the dedication of the entire year of your life in 2017. Do you really want to do that in the way the magisterium (Pope Francis) has in mind about that for the Catholic Church – or the way of Jesus and His 1st apostles and disciples? The latter, I hope.

      • michael louwe

        Problem is, the Catholics also worship ‘mother Mary’ n the patron saints, eg specific saints to protect children, fishermen, farmers, etc. This is called religious adultery or fornication = a form of idolatry.
        ……. During the time of Elijah, the Jews had also worshipped both God and idol gods of their next-door Gentile nations. What happened.? God cursed them.
        ……. If u were God, would u be happy if yr creations/believers worshipped u and other gods(= demons/Satan.?).

        The Popes used to claim equal authority with Christ, as the Vicar of Christ, ie as if their words/rules were the words of Christ/God.

        • Jenny Ondioline

          That’s a common charge but ultimately false. They don’t ask Mary for salvation. They ask Mary to pray for them. It’s unimportant, because all prayers and worship go to Jesus Christ. In the Catholic church it would be a sin to do otherwise.

          • Fred Jones

            Catholics WORSHIP “Catholic Mary” and believe she can SAVE them…

            “Having entered deeply into the history of salvation, Mary, in a way, unites in her person and re-echoes the most important doctrines of the faith: and when she is the subject of PREACHING and WORSHIP she prompts the faithful to come to her Son, to his sacrifice and to the love of the Father.” (Vatican Council II, Official Teachings of Roman Catholicism)

            “Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation…” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, par 969)

          • Justin

            “”she prompts the faithful to come to her Son, to his sacrifice and to the love of the Father.””

          • Sue Duby

            Mary does NOTHING, NADA, ZERO, ZILCH. Mary is NOT the mother of GOD. But, that IS what catholic religion has taught for 50+ years–liars. If someone believes in religious doctrine that does not line up with the Word of GOD, they are calling GOD a liar. We are in the era called the body of Christ. Read apostle Paul’s 12 epistles. Christ’s words through the apostle Paul in the age of grace.🙏🏼

          • Fred Jones

            “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.”
            – Jesus (John 6:44)

            Not one mention of Mary. Hmm…

          • Hildee

            she cannot answer your prayers or so called take them to Jesus..

          • Thomas Aquinas

            She does indeed take our prayers to Christ.
            She will even take your protestant prayers to Christ.

        • Thomas Aquinas

          Problem is, you do not know what you are talking about. This is called religious misunderstanding. Please site any Catholic doctrine that will back up your incorrect comment.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        The Catholics elevate Mary and other “saints” way too much. If they think about Mary so much, she is the one they practically worship and adore. It must stop. Worship and honor God alone in devotion.

        • Jenny Ondioline

          Your opinion of them does not change the fact they are Christians.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Catholics must stop honoring Mary along with Jesus. There is no equal to God(Jesus). Isaiah chapter 45.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You misunderstand as usual Jenny. Christ is worshiped by Catholics. Mary is merely given due respect.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            I do hope and pray that many Catholics worship Christ alone. Too much attention and too much honor to Mary, a mere human being.

        • Wyostk

          Catholics pray to Mary, the Pope, and Jesus. Most protestants worship Jesus, Psychology and Self. Both directions are full of “Christians” being led straight into hell. Sad,,,but also fulfills God Word as to end times. Narrow is the way, and few will…….

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Many Prostestants don’t worship psychology or self, unless you are talking about the Western mainliners who affirm homosexual immorality in spite of God’s prohibition of sexual immorality. Protestants’ use of the maga screens for entertainment during worship does resemble Catholic statues in a sanctuary. It hinders worship and does not honor God.

          • “Catholics pray to Mary, the Pope, and Jesus.”

            And only the Pope can actually do anything. The other two are fictitious characters, as are all of the thousands of gods that people waste their time worshiping.

        • Gail

          I have a friend who rather pray to dead” dead saints” then the living God. Breaks my heart.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            It is sad. Pagans pray to and worship the dead all the time. Hailing Mary like this is not of Christianity. Let’s pray for our friends. God opens the eyes.

          • Thomas Aquinas

            Maybe you are the one in need of prayers.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Thank you. If you are genuine Christian, pray for the persecuted churches around the world. Also pray for the Western nations’ return to Christianity in repentance. It’s so sad to see the godless Ex-christian West, once the most glorious noble truth-searching Christendom before. Mankind can’t afford to be slaves to pervs in the 21st century. Racists were better. White people need Christianity to be moral, not just to get saved.

        • Thomas Aquinas

          I doubt if you even know what you are commenting on.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            It is true. It’s been adressed by the Biblical Christians more than 500 years.

          • Thomas Aquinas

            Thomas Aquinas had a great love for the Virgin Mary and if he could see what you protestants have done to the word of God he would be very sad. And once again, from reading your comment, it is more than obvious that you know nothing about the Catholic faith.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            People must not love Virgin Mary too much because she belongs to God and not an idol. Love Jesus alone. All Catholics should utmostly love God alone. No, I’d never understand the “Christians” who’d pray to dead saints or bow before statues and regard Pope as infallible.

      • Fred Jones

        Your words say one thing, your actions prove otherwise.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Jesus created Mary. Man must not worship a creature but only God alone. ( Exodus chapter 20, John chapter 1)

  • Idaho Bob

    This is one of many reasons I left the RCC over twenty years ago and became a born-again Christian.
    I will trust the New Year, the new day, and everyday to Jesus and Jesus alone.

    • Liz Baird

      I pray the rest will do the same

  • Bezukhov

    I think Mary has far more important matters to ignore.

  • Henry Wilson

    Mary was important of course for she was chosen by our Father to carry and bear his only begotten divine son. But she was and is not God. That honor in human form belongs solely to the King of kings, Jesus Christ and, as such, a true Christian must always place his trust in Christ alone.

  • I don’t want to bash a religion or group of people, other than to say…
    Knowing the true history and carnage of the Spanish inquisition, the crusades, the reformation and the dark ages (why they were called dark), etc. The descriptions and conduct continuing on to this day. Reading the Apostle John’s Book Revelation, and the Book of Daniel. It’s simple to put 2 + 2 together and figure out what and who is in Revelation and the outcome.

  • Gail

    Jesus always referred to Mary as woman, because he knew they would make her an idol.

    • Justin

      Different translations say woman, mother or mary.

  • HpO

    Let’s never forget, however, that there’s the God-intended good news of salvation through Jesus – from Mary – like this one:

    “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a WOMAN (Mary), made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)

    • Amos Moses

      Luke 11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
      11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

      • HpO

        Truth be told: Jesus wasn’t trying to dishonor His mother Mary by rebuking this allegedly proto-Catholic “certain woman of the company” for blessing the Blessed Virgin’s “womb … and … paps”.  Instead, what he did was rebuking this “certain woman” for “tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven”, which must be, so she claimed, those very “womb … and … paps” belonging to whoever it was that gave Him birth!  (No record states she even knew or had heard of Mary; that’s your own eisegesis.)  And so He condemned her for actively belonging to “an evil generation: they seek a sign”, but “blessed … they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”  And if you read between the lines, Jesus was actually evangelizing her, hoping she’d be His faithful disciple one truly “blessed” day.

        My question to you, then, is which “generation” do you belong to, and do you, in fact, better than the Catholics, I suppose, boast that you “hear the word of God, and keep it”?

        Here, and hear, now the good news:

        Luke 11:14-16, 27-30 – 14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.  15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.  16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.  … 27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.  28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.  29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.  30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

        • Amos Moses

          He was putting the kibosh on a practice that was beginning right there and then …..

  • Perplexed

    Mary who?

    Christ was tortured and died on the cross for OUR sins and the Pope wants to worship Mary? Boy that says a lot.

  • Liz Baird

    It’s very alarming to hear christain catholics believe the idolitory that the Pope is teaching. Go to the bible for your self and you will see what he is teaching is do wrong look to the word of God not the Pope who is in error

  • HpO

    And let’s also never dismiss these gospel truths, too, revealing highly blessed Mary not as the mother of God, but of Jesus His Son, and of the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the rest of the world:

    “And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35)

    “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother (Mary), and … Jesus therefore saw his mother (Mary) …” (John 19:25-26)

    “Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James … all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” (Acts 1:13-14)

  • Hildee

    Mary is the mother of Jesus but she does not have any powers whatsoever…there is no other way to God the Father except through Jesus Christ.. the Bible says..Mary cannot answer your prayers.. Trust Jesus Christ..He is the answer to all your prayers..

  • Patrick

    I am so happy to be born again! I do not need to listen to anything that comes out of the mouth of any pope or the vatican. I do not follow the teachings of catholicism, nor do I believe in worshipping or praying to any saint. I am a saint, as are all others who are born again. Fellow born again brothers and sisters, rejoice! For we are the true saints that are spoken of in the Bible. And God calls us His very own!

  • Doug Brown

    This thing with the Pope dedicating 2017 to Mary is the purest subterfuge. It’s cover. It’s comparable to Obama focusing on Russia’s inconsequentual meddling with the US election to keep the focus off Pizza Gate, and his other crimes in office. Just so with this artificial dedication. This Pope is a false Pope, a heretic, anathema to all that is true and good. To enlist Mary as he has done is to attempt at legitimizing his torrent of blasphemy and deception. To Protestants that waver in their estimation of Mother Mary, think about this: Jesus spent thirty years with her, but only three with the disciples.

  • Antodav

    The expression “Mother of God” results from a confusing quirk of trinitarian theology: Christ is God, and yet, Christ is the Son of God. Obviously, according to the Bible, Mary is the mother of Christ, so therefore, by the associative property, Mary is the mother of God.

    It would be more correct to say “Mary the mother of the Son of God”, but that is much more of a mouthful. Plus Catholics, like most Christians, persist in the belief that the Father and the Son are somehow the same Person, and yet at the same time two distinct entities (along with the Holy Ghost). This would make Christ his own Father, somehow, which is illogical—not to mention it also turns Matthew 3:16-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:22, and all accounts of the Mount of Transfiguration into some sort of ventriloquist shows.

    Regardless though Pope Francis means well in this tweet and I don’t fault him for the spirit his message, as theologically questionable as his wording may be.

    • HpO

      Which begs the question and leads us to this simple quiz.  Ready, everyone?  Here goes.


      If Mariology + Deity of Christ + Trinitarianism = Catholicism


      If Anti-Mariology (or is it, by the looks of things in this here Comments section, a-Mariology, which is neither here nor there?) + Deity of Christ + Trinitarianism = Evangelicalism

      Is there a real radical difference, then, between Catholics and Evangelicals, when all’s said & done?

      You think?  Then kindly prove it by either arguing for or against the following belief statements:

      Mary the Mother of God (theotokos) = Mary the Mother of Jesus (metertoyesu)


      God = Jesus

      And so:

      God’s mom = Jesus’ mom

      The 1st point of all of this is to recognize that:

      Mariology and Deity of Christ and Trinitarianism are all so interconnected in Catholicism, with the one dogma deriving from the other two, that it’s impossible for Catholics to renounce the doctrine of Mary without at the same time renouncing the doctrine of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the doctrine of the triunity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

      The 2nd point is as bad:

      Evangelicals can’t either.

      Unless – and this is my hope – they re-do their homework assignments on Mary the mother of Jesus, and on Jesus the Son of God, and on God the Father – but this time relying solely upon the gospels, epistles and apocalypsis (revelation) for the right answers, i.e. only upon the words of Jesus Christ and His 1st apostles and disciples.

      Can do?  Or no can do?

      Because: truth be told, the 16th & 17th century Deformation, I mean, Reformation notwithstanding, and up to this time in the year 2017, we Evangelical-wannabes really haven’t gotten ourselves 100% totally out of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox dungeons.  Not yet, not by a super-duper long shot.

  • HpO

    (1) About that, per Jenny Ondioline: Catholics “don’t ask Mary for salvation.”

    So not true, according their – and your – own Cathechism of the Catholic Church:

    Catechisms 494, 829, 964 and 969

    (2) About that, per Jenny Ondioline: “Mary is merely given due respect.”

    So not true, according their – and your – own Cathechism of the Catholic Church:

    Catechisms 724, 967, 972, 1172 and 1370

    (3) About that, per Jenny Ondioline: Catholics “ask Mary to pray for them (so that) all prayers … go to Jesus Christ.”

    So not true, according their – and your – own Cathechism of the Catholic Church:

    Catechisms 1014, 1477, 2673, 2675 and 2677