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Pope gives homework: Look for your Baptism date!

2013-09-11

Its quite obvious that the Pope likes to be among the people, greeting them, receiving their letters and symbolic gifts. It took him about 40 minutes to make his way across St. Peters Square as he stopped along the way to greet people during his weekly general audience. Not wanting to leave anyone out,he greeted more than 100 people. 

POPE FRANCIS
"I missed one person back there.”

In today's audience the Pope talked about the relationship between mothers and their children. He explained that the Church itself is like a Mother, because through Baptism, it gives life-the life of faith.

POPE FRANCIS
"How many of you remember the date of your Baptism? There are some raised hands over there... But many people don't know! They say: I think it was in Easter or Christmas. The day of our Baptism is the day of our birth in Church, the day our Mother Church gives us birth, how beautiful.”

The Pope stressed the importance of this Sacrament, and even he even  gave the audience some homework. He asked them to find out when their were Baptized.

POPE FRANCIS
"To celebrate it, to give the Lord thanks for such a gift. Will you do it? Yes, it's homework, ok?”

Pope Francis added that the Church looks after her children throughout their life, just like any mother.  That's why all the baptized are part of the Church.


POPE FRANCIS
"The Church isn't just for priests. We are all part of the Church. If you say you believe in God, and if you say you believe in God but not in the Church, you're saying you don't believe in yourself, and that's a contradiction. We all are the Church, all of us. From that little child recently Baptized to the bishops and Pope, all of us”

The Pope also pointed out that the Church's children should embrace fraternity, evangelization and supporting the needy.


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