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Godfather (godparent)
The person who is responsible before God and the church of the newly baptized.

These responsibilities are most serious in the case of infant baptism, at which the godparents also make the promises of renunciation, faith, and obedience in the child's name.

He (or she) promises to supervise the religious education of the child.

The godfather has to pray on behalf of the baptized person and care for him.

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