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1/13/2014 (1 year ago)

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Pope has long called for priests to baptize children of unwed couples

Having long called for the practice, Pope Francis baptized the baby of an unmarried couple in the Sistine Chapel during Baptism of the Lord mass at the Vatican. The unnamed parents and their child took part in the traditional Baptism of the Lord mass with 31 others, commemorating the day St. John baptized Jesus.

'You parents have the baby boy or girl to be baptized, but in a few years it will be they who will have a baby to be baptized or a grandchild... And so goes the chain of faith,' the pope declared, according to the Vatican Network.

"You parents have the baby boy or girl to be baptized, but in a few years it will be they who will have a baby to be baptized or a grandchild... And so goes the chain of faith," the pope declared, according to the Vatican Network.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/13/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, unwed couples, baptism, practice


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The pope previously has encouraged priests to baptize the children of unmarried women in order to pass on the Christian faith. He has denounced those who refuse to do as "hypocrites."

"You parents have the baby boy or girl to be baptized, but in a few years it will be they who will have a baby to be baptized or a grandchild... And so goes the chain of faith," the pope declared, according to the Vatican Network.

The pause that refreshes --

Pope Francis baptized the child of an unmarried couple (not pictured) during a ceremony in the Sisti

Pope Francis baptized the child of an unmarried couple (not pictured) during a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.


"What does this mean? I would just tell you this: you are the ones that transmit the faith, the transmitters; you have a duty to pass on the faith to these children. It's the most beautiful legacy that you leave to them: the faith."

Breaking with the tradition of delivering a long and formal speech, Pope Francis instead read a short script he had written himself.

The Baptism of the Lord mass is a traditional feature of the Vatican calendar and marks the annivers

The Baptism of the Lord mass is a traditional feature of the Vatican calendar and marks the anniversary of St John the Baptist washing Jesus in the river of Jordan.


The mass took place under the famous fresco painted by Michelangelo, the same room in which Francis was elected on March 13 as the first non-European pope in 1,600 years.

The pontiff telephoned an Italian woman in September to tell her he would personally baptize her child after she became pregnant by a man who was already married. Thirty-five year old shop worker Anna Romano was on holiday when she received the call from the Argentinean Pope.

During the mass Pope Francis baptized 32 children in the same room in which he was elected in March

During the mass Pope Francis baptized 32 children in the same room in which he was elected in March last year.


"I addressed the letter simply to Pope Francis, the Vatican and put it in the post. I didn't even send it recorded delivery. I didn't really expect to get a reply but then out of the blue when I was on holiday I had a phone call from him," Romano said.

"The number was from Rome, with a 06 dial code, and as soon as he started speaking I recognized the voice as his.

"I was just so surprised that he had telephoned me. He said that he had read my letter and he wanted to speak to me personally about it and reassure me that someone was worried about me."

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