Back in April, I posted a beautiful picture of, then, Cardinal Bergoglio, blessing nursing mothers at a mass for newborns. Yesterday, Pope Francis made a statement of public support for nursing moms and the witness they provide to the Corporal Work of Mercy that is giving food to the hungry. In response to a question on world hunger, Pope Francis said,
“There are so many children that cry because they are hungry. At the Wednesday General Audience the other day there was a young mother behind one of the barriers with a baby that was just a few months old. The child was crying its eyes out as I came past. The mother was caressing it. I said to her: “Madam, I think the child’s hungry.” “Yes, it’s probably time…,” she replied. “Please give it something to eat!” I said. She was shy and didn’t want to breastfeed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat! That woman had milk to give to her child; we have enough food in the world to feed everyone.”
David Gibson has a terrific article up about the exchange as well as links to a great article he did in the Washington Post last year on devotion to the Nursing Madonna. It’s a beautiful reflection for Christmastime. Check it out.
And for more thoughts on how our Catholic faith can help you be a more effective parent, check out Parenting with Grace: The Catholic Parents’ Guide to Raising (almost) Perfect Kids.