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Q. 1. What happens to a baby that dies without being baptised. I heard so many different explanations that I do not know which one is true.

A. 1. The teaching of the Catholic Church is that it does not know what happens to children who die without the Sacrament of Baptism. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 1261, states:

"As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus' tenderness toward children which caused him to say: "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,"64 allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism. All the more urgent is the Church's call not to prevent little children coming to Christ through the gift of holy Baptism.

In other words, the matter is in the hands of God.

For this reason, it cannot be emphasized enough, to have your child baptised as soon as possible after he/she is born.

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