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Pope Francis encourages breastfeeding in public: “Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus”

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Pope Francis encourages breastfeeding in public: “Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus”

Pope Francis encourages breastfeeding in public: “Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus”

Nursing mothers are frequently under the criticism for breastfeeding their babies in public, but it seems like they have a very strong voice on their side. Pope Francis encouraged all mothers to feed their little ones whenever and wherever they need to – even in church.

During the annual ceremony of celebrating the baptism of Jesus Christ, which took place in the Sistine Chapel, on January 9, the Pope reminded the world that the breastfeeding is one of the noblest acts. While he was speaking, one baby started to cry and other infants joined quickly.  80 years old Pope assumed that babies are hungry, and he stopped his speech to encourage the babies’ mothers to feed them!

“The ceremony is a little long, someone’s crying because he’s hungry. You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus” said the Pope, joking how the concert started. “And then, began the concert, it is because the children are in a place that they do not know, they got up earlier than usual, perhaps. When one begins one note, the other follows along … Some cry simply because another cried. Jesus did the same: I like to think that the first ‘sermon’ of Jesus in the stable was a cry, the first … “

During the ceremony, 28 babies (15 baby boys and 13 baby girls) were baptized. Pope had a very strong message for all the parents who came to ask for faith to be given to their children. “Dear parents, you have asked for your children faith. The faith that will be given in baptism. Faith … that which means the life of faith, because faith is lived, walking on the road of faith and giving witness to the faith. Faith is not only reciting the Creed at Sunday Mass. It is not only this. Faith is – believing what is the truth: that God, the Father, Who sent His Son and the Spirit, gives us life. But faith is trust in God, and this, you must teach to them [your babies], by your example and by your life!”

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