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Pope Francis Tells New Moms to Breast-Feed in Church

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AGF s.r.l./Rex/REX USA (1886986c)
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Pope Francis I weekly papal audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Rome, Italy - 08 Jan 2014
Photograph by AGF s.r.l./Rex/REX USA

Pope Francis's relaxed approach to things has certainly gained him even more points this week, after he casually told moms they should feel totally cool about breast-feeding in the Sistine Chapel if they needed to. The comments came during a baptism service being held at the Chapel in Rome for 32 babies and their families.

Bucking tradition, the pope decided to skip the super long sermon usually given at such events, and instead speak from the heart in a 300-word address that was more about the babies before him than outlining religious doctrine. It was then that he urged moms not to feel uncomfortable if their babies need to be fed.

"Today the choir will sing but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make noise," said the Pope. "Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry. If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here."

His comments aren't a total surprise, since he did, after all, say in an interview last month that he wants mothers to feel at ease about breast-feeding during his ceremonies, which can sometimes run long; but they certainly show that he's a man true to his word.

All in all, Pope Francis's "modernized" ways have already restored some faith in the papacy and are slowly but surely bringing it into the present. Case in point: According to the Mirror, the Pope has allegedly given up the sprawling apartments in the Apostolic Palace that his predecessors occupied. Instead, he spends his days inside a small apartment in a Vatican guest house. He's also not a big fan of the papal limousine—he zips around Rome in a Ford Focus, often sitting shotgun next to the driver.

But our favorite Pope Francis story so far is the one about the awesome voicemail he left for some New Year's Eve, who were apparently too busy to pick up the phone for the pope. (Listen to it here.)

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