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Pope’s Homily at Baptism of 26 Babies in Sistine Chapel

‘When a baby cries because he or she is hungry, to the mommies, I say: if your child is hungry, feed them here, with complete freedom.’

Below is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ homily this morning during the Mass he celebrated for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in the Sistine Chapel, where he baptized 26 babies:

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Forty days after His birth, Jesus was taken to the Temple. Mary and Joseph took him to present Him to God. Today, on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, you, parents, bring your children to be baptized, to receive that which you asked for in the beginning, when I have asked you all the first question: “The faith. I want the faith for my child.” And so, the faith is transmitted from generation to generation, like a chain, in the course of time.

These baby boys and girls, over the years, will take your place with another child – your grandchildren – and they’ll ask the same thing: the faith. The faith that Baptism gives us. The faith that the Holy Spirit bears in the heart, soul, and in the life of your children.

You asked [for] the faith. The Church, when you hand over the lighted candle, will tell you to keep the faith in these children. And, finally, do not forget that the greatest inheritance that you can give your children is faith. Be careful that this is not lost,  so it can grow and leave as a legacy.

Today, I wish, that in this joyous day for you all: I wish you are able to make these children grow in faith, and that the greatest inheritance they receive from you, really, is the faith.

And only a warning: When a baby cries because he or she is hungry, to the mommies, I say: if your child is hungry, feed them here, with complete freedom.

[Original text: Italian] [Translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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