Parents – first witnesses of faith

On the Sunday when the Church commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Holy Mass in the Sistine Chapel and administered baptism to fourteen children.

To their parents and godparents, The Holy Father renewed their commitment to being the first witnesses of faith for the children and reiterated their role as educators.

The Pope said with Baptism these children begin the joyful and inspirational life of disciples, which the liturgy presents an experience of light, symbolized by the candles lighted from the Easter candle.

He added in this light, the children who are being baptized will walk for life, aided by the words and example of their parents and godparents.