Every year on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Benedict takes part in a special tradition: he celebrates Mass in the Sistine Chapel with Vatican workers who have had babies in the last year. He also baptizes the new ones.
This tradition originally began with Pope John Paul II in the first year of his pontificate - that being 1978. Benedict continued this tradition following his 2005 election to the papacy. This celebration is perhaps one of the most visually interesting papal liturgies of the year, not only because of the spectacular back drop but also because of the varied reactions of the newly baptized. Some babies sleep, some cry, some follow the Pontiff's every move with eyes wide open. Then of course, there’s the look of serene joy on Benedict's face as he carries out the most fundamental of priestly ministries.
Join S+L's Alicia Ambrosio and Andrew Santos for coverage of this Mass and Baptism from Rome's Sistine Chapel on:
Sunday, January 13
10:00 am ET / 7:00 am PT: Mass and Baptism from the Vatican
Repeat: 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT; 1:00 am ET / 10:00 pm PT
French: 4:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm PT
-Credit: CNS photo