Jan. 5 (UPI) — Pope Francis won’t baptize infants on the Sistine Chapel in Vatican Metropolis on Sunday due to considerations over the coronavirus, his press workplace stated Tuesday.

St. John Paul II began the custom of baptizing kids within the Sistine Chapel on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Pope Francis baptized 32 infants final yr born to Vatican staff.

“Because of the well being state of affairs, as a precautionary measure, the normal baptism of kids presided over by the Holy Father within the Sistine Chapel on the Sunday of the Baptism of the Lord won’t be celebrated this yr,” the pope’s press workplace stated.

Final yr, Pope Francis talked about why the religion baptizes kids at an early age.

“Baptizing a toddler is an act of justice,” Pope Francis stated then. “Why? As a result of in baptism, we give her or him a treasure. In baptism, we give them a present: the Holy Spirit.”