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Pope Francis baptises 28 babies in Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis on Sunday baptised 28 babies during Mass in the Sistine chapel, telling their families that Jesus' first sermon was the sound of his crying in the stable at Bethlehem. Amidst the sounds of crying babies, the Holy Father gave a short, off-the-cuff homily on the faith which is given to children in Baptism.

Faith, he said, does not just mean reciting the Creed on Sundays, but rather it means believing in the truth, trusting in God and teaching others with the example of our lives.

"Faith, is also the light which grows in our hearts - that's why a lighted candle is given to every person being baptized," Pope Francis said.

In the early years of the Church, Baptism was called 'illumination' to show the way in which faith helps us see things in a different light. To the parents who had brought their children to be baptized, he said: "you have the task of making that faith grow, of nurturing it, so that it may bear witness to others".

As the babies' chorus grew louder, the Pope joked that the concert had begun. "The babies are crying," he said, "because they are in an unfamiliar place, or because they had to get up early, or sometimes simply because they hear another child crying." ... Jesus did just the same, Pope Francis said, adding that he liked to think of Our Lord's first sermon was his crying in the stable. And if your children are crying because they are hungry, the Pope told the mothers present, then go ahead and feed them, just as Mary breastfed Jesus.

Source: Vatican Radio