Increased Adolescent Male Attendance at Vatican Masses Expected!

[This is the report that is running on a site concerned with babies…]

www.essentialbaby.com.au/life-style/family-home/pope-tells-mums-to-breastfeed-in-church-20140113-30pv5.html

Pope Francis baptised 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told their mothers, including one who was married in a civil service rather than in church, to have no qualms about breastfeeding them there.

Unlike his predecessors, who usually delivered long and theology-laden homilies at the yearly baptism event, the pope offered a brief, improvised homily of some 300 words centred on the children.

“Today the choir will sing, but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise. Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry,” he said in a familiar, relaxed tone to the parents.

Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel are some of the world’s most celebrated works of art. The ceiling depicts the creation of man and the altar wall shows a severe God at the Last Judgement. But the pope told the mothers not to feel intimidated by the surroundings.

“If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here,” he said, speaking in the same room where he was elected on March 13 as the first non-European pope in 1300 years.

Francis said in an interview last month that mothers should not feel uncomfortable breastfeeding during his ceremonies.

In another apparent first in the Vatican, the parents of one of the babies, 7-month-old Giulia Scardia, at the ceremony were not married in church but only at a civil service in a town hall – meaning their marriage is technically not recognised by the Catholic Church.

But the pope has said several times since his election that the Church must not make children of couples in irregular situations feel like second-class faithful, and he agreed to baptise Giulia Scardia into the faith.

[And here is an account by Britain’s “Independent”….]

www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/pope-francis-encourages-mothers-to-breastfeed-in-the-sistine-chapel-9055379.html

Pope Francis has become an unlikely advocate for public breastfeeding, by encouraging mothers to feed their babies in the Sistine Chapel.

During a ceremony in Vatican City on Sunday, the Pope baptised 32 babies and told their mothers: “If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice, because they are the most important people here.”

The ceremony saw the Pope deliver a brief, improvised homily centred on the children – a departure from the long, theology-laden sermons given by his predecessors.

“Today the choir will sing but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise. Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry,” he told parents.

His words come after he linked breastfeeding to recycling food and wastefulness in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa last month, after a mother seemed shy about feeding her child in his presence.

He described how as he approached the mother at his weekly Papal General Audience, her child was “crying its eyes out” with hunger and so he asked her to “please give it something to eat!”

He added:“I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat!”

Pope Francis baptises one of 32 babies during a mass in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Pope Francis baptises one of 32 babies during a mass in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican

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In another apparent first in the Vatican, the parents of one of the babies at the ceremony were not married in church but at a civil service in a town hall – meaning their marriage is technically not recognised by the Catholic Church.

But the Pope has said several times since his election that the Church must not make children of couples in irregular situations feel like second-class faithful, and agreed to baptise 7-month-old Giulia Scardia into the faith.

“We decided to get married very quickly,” Giulia’s mother Nicoletta told the Corriere della Sera newspaper. “We were in a hurry and there was no time to organise a church ceremony. Maybe we will do it sometime.”

Last year, Pope Francis has had to defend himself after he was criticised by prominent conservatives for preaching so-called “pure Marxism”.

In a separate interview with La Stampa, the Pope called Marxism “wrong”, but did not condemn people who hold left-wing views.

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“We decided to get married very quickly,” Giulia’s mother Nicoletta told the Corriere della Sera newspaper. “We were in a hurry and there was no time to organise a church ceremony. Maybe we will do it sometime.”

Sunday’s service was the latest example of the more down-to-earth style Francis has introduced in the Vatican.

He has renounced the spacious papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace used by his predecessors and lives is a small apartment in a Vatican guest house. Francis uses the palace only to receive heads of state and to address crowds from one of its windows overlooking St Peter’s Square.

He has also given up the papal limousine and is driven around Rome in a Ford Focus, sometimes sitting in the front seat next to the driver.

Baptism is the sacrament at which infants or converts are initiated into the Christian faith. Francis poured water on the foreheads of the infants as part of the ritual.

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One comment on “Increased Adolescent Male Attendance at Vatican Masses Expected!

  1. This guy may be the bishop of Rome but he’s no Vicar of Christ! I think St. Paul hit the nail on the head when he wrote about people like Jorge two-thousand years ago:
    “But what I do, that I will do: that I may cut off the occasion from them that desire occasion: that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no wonder: for Satan himself transformeth himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers be transformed as the ministers of justice, whose end shall be according to their works. I say again (Let no man think me to be foolish: otherwise take me as one foolish, that I also may glory a little): That which I speak, I speak not according to God: but as it were in foolishness, in this matter of glorying. Seeing that many glory according to the flesh, I will glory also. For you gladly suffer the foolish: whereas yourselves are wise”. (2 Corinthians 11:12-19)

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