Pope Francis’ thoughts on children in Church.

During a visit to the Roman parish of San Giuseppe all’Aurelio on December 14, 2014, Pope Francis spoke of his baptism. After revealing that he was baptised on 25 December, just eight days after his birth, as was the custom at the time, Francis asked all those present to pray for him, and added, “babies and children cry, they make noise, they run about … and it bothers me greatly when a child cries in church and people expect him or her to leave. No! It is the best sermon. The cry of a child is the voice of God. Never, ever send them out of the church!”

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