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Pope Francis to baptize several children in Sistine Chapel

On Sunday, the Sistine Chapel will transform into a parish community, instead of just the home of Michelangelo's stunning artwork.

Dozens of families will have their children baptized by none other than the pope himself, who always offers advice to the couples during his homily.

“Excuse me, but I give you this advice: Never fight in front of your children. You do not know the anguish a child experiences when he or she sees his or her parents fight.”

Pope Francis always suggests celebrating the baptism anniversary. For these families, the date will probably be hard to forget.

The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. Afterward, the pope will stand at the window of the apostolic palace to pray the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

Javier Romero
Translation: Claudia Torres