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Pope Francis looks over infant during baptisms in Sistine Chapel

Pope says Baptised babies were ‘the most beautiful choir’

Holy Father bestows the Sacrament on 32 infants in the Sistine Chapel on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord yesterday by baptising 32 children in the Sistine Chapel.

During the service, some of the children cried in the Sistine Chapel and were described by the Pope as ‘the most beautiful choir.’

The Pope encouraged the mothers to feed the children.

“If they are hungry, feed them, without thinking twice because they are the most important people here,” he added.

Pope Francis further emphasised the significance of Baptising children in the life of the Church when he noted that Jesus Himself had no need of Baptism, but that with His Divinity blessed the waters and gave them the ability to be used in Baptism.

“Before ascending to Heaven, Jesus told us to go into all the world to baptise,” the Pope said. “And from that day until the present day, this has been an unbroken chain: they baptised their children, and their children [baptised] their children, and their children [and so on]… And even today this chain continues.

“These children are a link in a chain. You parents have the baby boy or girl to be baptised, but in a few years it will be they who will have a baby to be baptised, or a grandchild… And so goes the chain of faith!”

In his Wednesday audience earlier this week, the Pope called on adult Catholics to find out the date of their Baptism.

“To know the date of our Baptism is to know a blessed day,” the Pope said. “The danger of not knowing it is losing awareness of what the Lord has done in us, the memory of the gift we have received.

“Thus, we end up considering it only as an event that took place in the past—and not by our own will but by that of our parents —and, thus, has no impact on the present.”

The Holy Father also reflected on the importance of the Sacrament of Baptism at his his weekly general audience last week. He spoke of how the Scarament isis a gift which incorporates us into the body of Christ and impels us to evangelise.
“Let us not forget the great gift we have received,” Pope Francis stated during his audience. “Our Baptism has changed us, given us a new and glorious hope, and empowered us to bring God’s redeeming love to all.”

 

Pic: Pope Francis looks over one of the 32 infants he Baptised in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Jon Sunday, on the the celebration marked the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

 

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