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Pope Francis baptizes 32 infants in Sistine Chapel

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Pope Francis baptized 32 infants at a Vatican ceremony on Sunday.

Formally welcoming the children into the Catholic Church Sunday, Pope Francis poured water from a shell-shaped dish over the heads of the babies held in their mothers’ arms.

Pope Francis baptized 32 infants at a Vatican ceremony

Pope Francis baptized 32 infants at a Vatican ceremony

The pontiff pronounced the babies’ names one by one, as parents held their children.

In the same Sistine Chapel last year, Francis was elected as the first Latin American pope. He is the first pope to choose the name Francis. Among the children were two Francescas.

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