A priest whom I highly respect and recommend his homilies almost always ends with a "turn to Mary". I'm glad the Pope's saying the same thing I've always heard him say and the same thing the Catholic Church has always said.
The Incarnation is the truth that God saved the world through through the birth of a child.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. (Phil 2:8)
And the Incarnation is the center of all human history. Catholics honor Mary because she is the channel by which salvation came into the world. They call her Mother of God and Mother of the Church.
Mary is Mother of the Church because, on account of the eternal Father's ineffable choice and due to the Spirit of Love's special action, she gave human life to the Son of God, "for whom and by whom all things exist" and from whom the whole of the People of God receives the grace and dignity of election.
And so they turn their eyes to Mary who shines forth to the whole community of the elect as the model of virtues.
Lumen Gentium 65
An important point is that, regular Christians, have always turned to Mary and found their way to Jesus. She's not a stumbling block, she's certainly not Satan! And that's why certain doctrines, which ordinary non-Catholics find to be pretty strange are only strange because even more ordinary Catholics took them for granted. Then, when the pope goes and says something that ordinary Catholics take for granted (and he probably took for granted when he was an ordinary Catholic) non-Catholics get the feeling that the visible head of the Church on earth is trying to deflect a few prayers to Jesus.
Well, the fact is, asking for the Queen's intercession is pretty normal. It was Esther's intercession, at her cousin's prompting, that saved the her people. The people of God could of, and did, pray for salvation, but they also asked Esther, who also prayed and had salvation granted to her people.
Catholics turn to Mary, because Jesus is the King. They give all due deference to Mary, honor her, but not adore her, because God honored her.