After a one-year holiday, the Pope baptized 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis baptized 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel and restored decades of Vatican traditions after no ceremonies were held due to the pandemic last year

Vatican City – Pope Francis baptized 16 babies in the glorious Sistine Chapel on Sunday, restoring the decades-old Vatican tradition that was interrupted by the pandemic last year.

Francis told him that the parents of nine girls and seven boys who had officially entered the Catholic Church through baptism were their duty to “maintain their children’s Christian identity.”

As in the past, Francis immediately tried to reassure his parents, telling them to make sure that their babies were dressed in lace and frilled clothes, wrapped in soft woolen blankets, and would not become too warm and pope by the long ceremonies held in the church. The bishop is elected in a secret meeting. He also told the mothers that if they are hungry in Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco, they can breastfeed their babies “without any problems before God.”

“Please, they are the protagonists of the ceremony,” Francis said, referring to babies.

“If they cry, let them cry, because they have a community spirit, for example, a gang spirit,” a baby cried, and others cried, “there will be an orchestra soon,” the pope said faintly Said.

Pope Francis told each parent that by asking their children to be baptized, the parents promised to “let them learn to love God and their neighbors.” It seems to be emphasizing his religious guidance to take care of the needs of those living in the world. On the fringes of society, Francis chose his official almsgiver, a Polish cardinal, to celebrate Mass with him.

One of the children baptized on Sunday was a boy whose father died. When the pope poured water on his head, he was held in his arms by his mother, symbolizing the elimination of sin.

In 1981, Pope John Paul II began the tradition of baptizing children whose parents were employees of the Holy See, and the ceremony has been held in the Sistine Chapel since 1983. Last year, Francis did not hold a baptism ceremony as part of preventing COVID-19.

On Sunday, all participants except the Pope, infants, and very young children’s siblings wore masks—almost all of them were of the more protective FFP2 type—to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. The number of daily confirmed infections in Italy has been soaring, exceeding 200,000 on January 6.