Pope Francis to Celebrate Bambinelli Sunday

Pope Francis to Celebrate Bambinelli Sunday

Looking for an event to celebrate your love for children, Advent, Christmas and Pope Francis? Then watch for the “Bambinelli Sunday” celebration on December 15 in St. Peter’s Square with Pope Francis and the children of Rome!

Amy Welborn, author of the new children’s book, Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing, confirmed that Pope Francis would be celebrating the event this year. Here is the official announcement from the Italian site for Benedizione dei Bambinelli or as Amy and illustrator Ann Engelhart refer to it in their new children’s book, “Bambinelli Sunday.”

What Is “Bambinelli Sunday?”

Each year on the Third Sunday of Advent, children gather with their families in St. Peter’s Square for “Bambinelli Sunday.” The children bring with them figures of the Christ Child — the “Bambinelli” — from their family’s Nativity scene or precepe. During the noontime Angelus prayer, the pope blesses the children and the figurines they have brought.

The book Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing tells the story of one little boy, Alessandro, and what he learns about family, faith, and love one special day. It is a beautifully illustrated story for children who love to assemble their Christmas creches each year.

U.S. Parishes Celebrate Bambinelli Sunday

Perhaps parishes will adopt the practice of a day to bless bambinellis? Amy Welborn has a growing list of parishes and celebrations.

Of course, the big event will be on Sunday, December 15, with Pope Francis. Vatican watchers and photographers look forward to another fun photo opportunity for Pope Francis with the children of Rome and their bambinellis!

 
 

About the Author

Barbara Baker is Franciscan Media’s Director of marketing, sales and internet. She and her husband work with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Family Life Office at their monthly pre-Cana weekends. Barbara spends too much time with her iPhone.
 
 
 
  • Valentina Parrella

    Hi! Me and my organization “Centro Oratori Romani” are just checking if everything is ready for the event on 15th December. It would be amazing if anyone of you could reach Rome and share this wonderful experience with all the children that live here. We are so excited to hear that our tradition is enlarging in other countries! We will bring all of you in our hearts that day and I invite you to follow us on twitter #BenedizionedeiBambinelli and share with us you experiences, emotions and feelings sending us a tweet @CentrOrat_Rm ! Valentina, Centro Oratori Romani

  • Valentina Parrella

    Hi! Me and my organization “Centro Oratori Romani” are just checking if everything is ready for the event on 15th December. It would be amazing if anyone of you could reach Rome and share this wonderful experience with all the children that live here. We are so excited to hear that our tradition is enlarging in other countries! We will bring all of you in our heart that day and I invite you to follow us on twitter #BenedizionedeiBambinelli and share with us you experiences, emotions and feelings that day sending us a tweet @CentrOrat_Rm
    Valentina, Centro Oratori Romani