A Catholic priest has baptized the infant son of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
A statement from the Archdiocese of Westminster, which covers the English capital north of the River Thames, confirmed that the baptism of Wilfred Johnson took place in London’s Westminster Cathedral.
“We can confirm that Wilfred Johnson was baptized in Westminster Cathedral on Sept. 12, 2020, in a private ceremony, attended by both parents and a small number of guests, in keeping with current (COVID-19) guidelines,” said the statement Sept. 22.
The government had revealed the baptism of the 4-month-old boy Sept. 21 to disprove claims in the media that the prime minister had taken time off work to make a social trip in Italy as the UK began to wrestle with a second wave of the coronavirus.
Johnson dismissed the allegations that he had been seen in Perugia on the weekend of Sept. 12 as “completely untrue,” with his spokesman inviting the media to “confirm with the priest” that he had attended his son’s baptism that day.
UK media later identified the priest who had baptized Wilfred as Father Daniel Humphreys, the acting administrator of the cathedral, and said he had performed the ceremony in the Lady Chapel.
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