"Mary felt God's tenderness as a daughter, full of grace, so that she could share this tenderness as a mother by joining her son's mission."

In his greetings to the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis said this.

Paul sorvino, an imposing actor whose roles ranged from the mob boss in "Goodfellas" to an early stint on the long-running cop drama "Law & Order,"

He connected Mary's motherhood to that of all mothers before Thursday's liturgical feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Pope said he would always be close to mothers, especially those who have sick children.

"I want to let all mothers know how much I care about them, but especially those whose children are sick, poor, or in jail

" He prayed especially for the mothers of young prisoners, "so that their hope wouldn't die."

He said, "Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in prison who kill themselves, sometimes even young people."