Off-Ramp for September 2, 2006

Baptism by Fire

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Queena Kim

Hundreds of parents file into Our Lady Queen of the Angels Church to baptize their babies.

Every Saturday, hundreds of Latino immigrants make the pilgrimage to Our Lady the Queen of the Angeles, Los Angeles' oldest mission Church, to get their babies baptized. The Church baptizes one hundred babies every two hours or more than three hundred babies every Saturday...

For immigrants who are trying to keep their tradition while struggling to survive, the draw is simple. Unlike other churches, Our Lady doesn't require parents or godparents to take classes beforehand. All you do is sign up. To some, it's known as the McDonald's of Baptism. Abel Salas reports.

Baptism by Fire was produced by Queena Kim


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