During Mass in the Sistine Chapel on April 8, 1994, Pope John Paul II called the chapel a 'sanctuary of the theology of the human body.'
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On last year’s feast day, Pope Francis baptized 32 infants — 17 boys and 15 girls — born to Vatican employees.
The Sistine Chapel Choir consists of 20 professional singers from around the world, as well as a treble section made up of 35 boys, aged 9-13.
The annual ceremony on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord carries on a tradition of Pope Saint John Paul II.
A look at ‘Universal Judgment: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel.’
The initiative is the latest in a string of charitable initiatives enacted by the almoner on behalf of Pope Francis since his election two years ago.
The Holy Father told those assembled at the Sistine Chapel, ‘Every day, get into the habit of reading a passage from the Gospel, a little one, and always carry a small Gospel in your pocket or purse to read.’
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