After baptizing babies in the Sistine Chapel on the Feast of Baptism of Our Lord, Pope Francis said crying children in Church are a “beautiful homily.”

On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis partook in the annual papal tradition of baptizing children (this year 17 baby boys and 15 baby girls) during his celebration of morning Mass in the Sistine Chapel.

Pope Francis said he wanted to keep his off-the-cuff homily brief, joking that “babies are not used to coming to the Sistine Chapel.”

“They aren’t used to be shut-in in an environment that is also a bit warm. And they aren’t used to be dressed like this, for a feast as beautiful as today’s. They will feel a bit uncomfortable at a certain moment.”

He told the parents if their child begins to cry just make them comfortable, nursing them in the Sistine if they have to.

“If your child cries and complains, perhaps it’s because he feels too hot: take something off of him, or because he’s hungry: nurse him, here, yes, always in peace.”

Pope Francis said “children are choral” and “one will begin to cry, then another,” but “don’t get upset” because “when a child cries in church, it’s a beautiful homily, a beautiful homily.”

Pope Francis also told the parents present to not forget that they “bear the Holy Spirit within the children” and left them with a final word.

“This is the message I want to give you today. You have brought your children today so that they have within the Holy Spirit. The child comes out of Baptism with the strength of the Spirit within: the Spirit that will defend him, help him throughout his life. This is why it’s so important to baptize children, so that they grow with the strength of the Holy Spirit. And take care that they grow with the light, with the strength of the Holy Spirit, through catechesis, help, teaching, the examples you will give at home. This is the message.”

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