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Pope Francis baptizes 32 babies at Sistine Chapel

Jan. 13, 2014 at 8:04 AM
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VATICAN CITY, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Pope Francis baptized 32 babies at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, calling the children "the central figures, the protagonists."

Francis, who has come to be known for introducing a more simple style at the Vatican, told the mothers of the babies not to be intimidated by the grandeur of the chapel, CNN reported Sunday.

The pope offered a brief homily at the ceremony, focusing on the babies.

"Today the choir sings but the most beautiful choir is of children," he said. "Some are crying, because they are uncomfortable, or because they are hungry. If they are hungry, mothers, give them something to eat. ... They are the central figures, the protagonists."

The pope then poured water from a shell-shaped dish onto the heads of the infants.

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