Jan 13, 2014: Pope Francis: Baptism is the long chain of faith [1:19]
Pope Francis formally welcomed 32 babies into the Catholic church, pouring water from a shell-shaped dish over their heads and pronouncing their names one by one, as beaming parents held their children, dressed in white satin or silk gowns and other finery, in the chapel whose ceiling was frescoed by Michelangelo.
“If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here,” he said in the same chapel where he was elected as the first Latin American pope.
In his homily, Pope Francis emphasized the greatest and most important legacy that parents should leave to their children is the faith, following the unbroken chain of tradition begun by Jesus Himself.
Although He “had no need of being baptized,” Jesus, “with His body, with His Divinity, in Baptism blessed all the waters, so that water might have the ability to give Baptism.”
The first baptisms by the new pontiff occurred on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.