Speaking from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said: “If we do not strive to forgive and to love, we will not be forgiven and loved either.”
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An estimated 6,700 people were arrested in violent protests as demonstrators clashed with police forces, who used tear gas and rubber bullets.
The pope began his address by reflecting on the “demanding request” of Jesus to his followers to place love for Him before family ties.
The pope suggested three steps anyone can take right now, in their homes, to stop dwelling on the past and find God in the present.
The Pope’s comments came alongside a conference held on Sunday at the Vatican aimed at giving a voice to women working on the fringes of society.
In his Sunday Angelus address on the feast of the Holy Family, the Holy Father prayed for all families facing challenges.