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Pope Francis encourages breastfeeding

Monday, 13 January 2014 - 2:32pm IST | Agency: ANI

Pope Francis urged mothers to breastfeed their hungry toddlers during the baptism of the Lord mass in Vatican’s Sistine Chapel and named 19 new cardinals from across the world in a separate development.

32 children were baptized in the ceremony that was conducted by the Pope in the Catholic Church.

Last month, Pope Francis had said in an interview that mothers should not feel uncomfortable when breastfeeding during his ceremonies.

At the time of the ceremony, the Pope graciously agreed to baptize the baby of a couple married in a civil court, even though the marriage is technically considered void by the Catholic Church, Sky News reported.

In another major move, Francis approved of the 19 new cardinals by putting his first stamp on the group at the top of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.

Out of the newly chosen cardinals, 16 of them are ‘cardinal electors’ under 80, making them eligible to enter a conclave to elect a pope.

The cardinals hail from Italy, Germany, Britain, Nicaragua, Canada, Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, Chile, Burkina Faso, the Philippines and Haiti.

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