September 23, 2013

Pope Francis gave pilgrims attending his weekly public audience Sept. 11 what he called a “homework assignment” to find out the date they were baptized and celebrate it every year.

“How many of you remember the date of your Baptism?” the pope asked the crowd in St. Peter’s Square, and then acknowledged a relatively small show of hands.

“Our baptismal date is the date of our birth in the Church,” he said.

“When you go home today, look hard for the date of your Baptism, so you can celebrate it and thank the Lord for this gift.”