Vatican City: Pope Francis baptised 28 babies during Mass in the Sistine Chapel on 8 January 2017, telling their families that Jesus’ first sermon was the sound of his crying in the stable at Bethleham. It is Pope St. John Paul II who started the custom of baptising babies in the Sistine Chapel on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
“The faith is to believe what is the truth. God the Father who sent his son, and the spirit who gives life", said His Holiness. “But faith is also to trust in God, and that you must teach them, with your example, with your life.”
In His homily, Pope said faith “must be lived,” a journey that must be walked and which must give “witness.” “And the faith is light: in the baptismal ceremony you will be given a lighted candle, as in the early days of the Church. And for this reason Baptism, in those days, was called ‘illumination,’ because faith illuminates the heart, makes things seen with a different light.
His Holiness also assured mothers not to worry about nursing their children if they needed to be fed, saying they should do so “without fear, with total normality,” just as Mary likely nursed that baby Jesus. In asking for Baptism, “you asked for the faith", Pope Francis reminded the parents. “The Church gives the faith to your children through Baptism, and you have the task to make it grow, preserve it, and it becomes a testimony to all the others. This is the meaning of this ceremony.”
Courtesy: Global Catholic Network (EWTN)