Pope Francis: Baptize Babies of Unwed Moms, They Had Courage to Reject Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 31, 2013   |   5:39PM   |   The Vatican

Pope Francis has an encouraging message for single mothers who rejected an abortion: your baby is welcome for baptism.

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano indicates that, during a private mass at his residence, Pope Francis relayed the message:

A girl-mother goes to the parish to ask for Baptism for her child and hears “a Christian” say, “No, you can’t have it, you’re not married.”

“Look at this girl who had had the courage to carry her pregnancy to term” and not to have an abortion. “What does she find? A closed door,” as do so many. “This is not good pastoral zeal, it distances people from the Lord and does not open doors. So when we take this path…we are not doing good to people, the People of God.” Jesus “instituted seven sacraments, and with this approach we institute the eighth, the sacrament of the pastoral customs office.”