Pope Baptizes 32 Children; Allows Breast Feeding in Sistine Chapel.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis baptized 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 breast feeding 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 centered 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 Judgment…

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