Pope Francis has equaled any form of abuse against woman as an insult on God.
The head of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics said this on Saturday during a mass in honour of Virgin Mary in the Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican.
Francis, who in March begins the ninth year of his papacy said, “The Church is mother, the Church is woman. And since mothers bestow life and women ‘keep’ the world, let us all make greater efforts to promote mothers and to protect women.
“How much violence is directed against women! Enough! To hurt a woman is to insult God, who from a woman took on our humanity.”