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On This “Bambinelli Sunday,” Pope Gives Children a Special Prayer Intention

Assures Them That He Also Prays for Them

Today, Gaudete Sunday, is the traditional Bambinelli Sunday, when children from across Italy bring their figurines of the Baby Jesus for a blessing at the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.

Related: Bambinelli: A Christmas Blessing — Children’s Book Explains Tradition Francis Kept on Gaudete Sunday

The Pope greeted the children today and gave them a prayer intention:

“Dear children, when you pray before your creche with your parents, ask the Baby Jesus to help all of us to love God and our neighbor. And a reminder to pray also for me, as I pray for you. Thank you.”

At the very end of his greetings, he had another request for the children:

“And one thing I wanted to say to the children and the youth. We want to hear you sing a song. […] Sing!”

About Kathleen Naab

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