» 01/08/2012, 00.00
Pope: renewing the joy of being children: as men and as Christians
Shortly after having baptized 16 babies, Benedict XVI explains what it means to be children ("Coming into the world is never a choice"), to being parents when life is accepted as a gift. Christians accept life as being a gift of the Father, revealed by Jesus Christ. Baptism is a new birth in the Spirit "in the womb of the Church."
Pope administers baptism to 13 children
The Sistine Chapel as a little parish: a tradition begun with John Paul II. Benedict XVI stresses that parents are educators, and not "owners" of their children. Having children baptized is not an act of "violence." The feast of the Baptism of Jesus "introduces us to the daily reality of a personal relationship with him."
Pope: Jesus’ Baptism and our call to holiness
Benedict XVI explained the meaning of this feast, one of the most ancient of the Church and invited all those who are baptized to “listen to Jesus and follow him” to “lean towards holiness”.
Pope urges rediscovery of joy in being "new men" created by baptism
On the day commemorating Jesus' Baptism, Benedict XVI called on 60,000 people in St Peter's Square for the Angelus to "testify to it with worthy life conduct."
Pope: "Overwhelmed with joy" because Christ gives us true and full life
At the Angelus, Benedict XVI again highlights the mystery of the baptism of Jesus, and recalls the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, dedicated to young migrants. He asks the ecclesial communities to understand and welcome them, and asks the young migrants not to let themselves be carried away by violence.
Pope: Baptism and faith, the most precious gift of life
In the Sistine Chapel, Benedict XVI administers baptism to 21 infants - 13 baby boys and 8 baby girls - children of Vatican employees. The baptism gifted to newborns, later requires free and conscious adherence to faith, for this it is important to educate children. Parishes are to help families in the task of transmitting the faith, in a social context in which "the institution of the family is threatened from many sides." Angelus greeting to the people of Haiti, a year after the earthquake, and one to the Coptic community.
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