BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged women at a Sistine Chapel ceremony to breastfeed their babies inside the church.

“The ceremony is a little long, someone’s crying because he’s hungry. That’s the way it is,” the pontiff said, according to The Guardian.

“You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus,” he told worshippers.

The service was an annual ceremony commemorating the baptism of Jesus, so there were many infants present. The Pope baptized 28 children.

In 2015, the Pope expressed a similar sentiment at the same ceremony, departing from his prepared remarks to tell mothers “ give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry.”

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