During the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, the Pope encouraged mothers present at the service to breastfeed their babies if they needed.

“The ceremony is a little long, someone’s crying because he’s hungry. That’s the way it is,” the pope said, according to Agence France-Presse. “You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus,” he added.

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. During the ceremony on Sunday, the pope baptized 28 children in the Sistine Chapel.

When several babies started crying at once, he reportedly joked, “the concert has begun” and later suggested that perhaps Jesus’ cries as a baby were the substance of his first “homily.”

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  • Love this! I’ve had to breast feed in the middle of a church service before and no one said boo until after the service but it was only praise! Pope Francis is a great Pope who is very much in touch with the followers of the catholic faith.


  • Good on him, well done Pope Francis.


  • A message that church leaders all over the world need to spread – breast feeding is normal.


  • A hungry baby is an unhappy crying baby. They have no other way of saying they are hungry or thirsty. I’m glad commonsense is being used.


  • If only other leaders would take a similar stance.


  • God Bless the Pope. He really is a modern figure who represents today’s people.


  • Removing the stigma on breastfeeding in public needs to start at the top so I am very happy to see the Pope is taking a public stance to encourage women to breastfeed in public!


  • seems like this Pope is a lot more in touch with real people than a lot of religious heads have been


  • Pity he doesn’t also set a trend by standing up for the Christian community mainly Catholic in those countries where they are being persecuted – Egypt and many African Christian communities are being killed/decimated by other religious sects and no-one speaks out for them. PC at it’s worst and he is condoning it. And by the way, I am a Catholic.

    • True, I agree. Still I like the way he thinks in compare to his predecessors.


  • What a trend setter! Good for you pope Francis


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