Pope Francis encourages breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel: ‘Feed them, without thinking twice’

By Scott Kaufman
Monday, January 13, 2014 12:07 EDT
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Pope Francis holds a press conference aboard the flight back to Italy from Rio de Janeiro (AFP)
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During a ceremony on Sunday in which he baptized 32 children, Pope Francis implored the mothers in attendance — one of whom wasn’t married in the Church — to breastfeed their children, should they become hungry.

“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,” the Pope said, according to The Independent.

“If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here.”

The Pope, who arrived at the Sistine Chapel in a Ford Focus, said in an interview last month that mothers should not feel uncomfortable breastfeeding their children during ceremonies he officiates.

His decision to allow mothers not married in the Church to attend the baptism service is a first, but is in keeping with his recent statements about not letting children in “irregular situations” feel like “second-class faithful.”

Pope Francis also christened 16 new cardinals, including many from what he’s called the “periphery” of the Church: Nicaragua, Canada, Ivory Coast, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, Chile and Haiti.

[Image via AFP]

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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