Pope Francis celebratedt Mass on New Year's Day, the Solemnity of the Mother of God. On 1 January, the Church also observes the World Day of Peace.
Full official English translation of Pope Francis' homily for the Mass on New Year's Day: Homily of His Holiness Pope FrancisSolemnity of Mary, Mother of GodThe year opens in the name of the Mother. Mother of God is the most important title of Our Lady. But we might ask why we say Mother of God, and not Mother of Jesus. In the past some wanted to be content simply with the latter, but the Church has declared that Mary is the Mother of God. We should be grateful, because these words contain a magnificent truth about God and about ourselves. From the moment that our Lord became incarnate in Mary, and for all time, he took on our humanity. There is no longer God without man; the flesh Jesus took from his Mother is our own, now and for all eternity. To call Mary the Mother of God reminds us of this: God is close to humanity, even as a child is close to the mother who bears him in her womb.