There were smiles, hugging and dancing as parents from different wards of Catholic’s St. Pius Church in Blantyre baptized their children , who their marriages are not legally blessed.
During the baptism mass, the father superior of St. Pius Church in Blantyre, George Kaliati urged the parents who baptized their children to legally bless their weddings before this year or early next year.
Fr. Kaliati said this on Wednesday 16 November, 2016 when he conducted a baptism of the year of mercy to over 100 children.
The Pope has been encouraging priests to baptise the children of unmarried women in order to pass on the Christian faith, calling those who refuse ‘hypocrites’.
In his sermon, Reverend Fr Kaliati said: “Your children today have joined the union of God as they are cleared from their sins, what remains now is for you to legally wed your partner so that you compliment what God wants.”.
Taking pictures and posing were the order of the day as part of baptism celebration.
The priest further requested the Christians not to be satisfied because their children have been baptized, saying they should get the sacrament of marriage.
The Catholic church worldwide is in celebration of year of mercy which was declared by Pope Francis last year and the closing day is this coming Sunday in all churches.