Why Do Catholics Do That?

Why do Catholics give new names at Baptism?

Catholics often give their children new names at Baptism to celebrate the new spiritual life of the one being baptized. In the Bible, name changes were often associated with significant life-changes. For example, Simon’s name was changed to “Peter” when Jesus singled him out to be the first pope (Matthew 16:18). Often a saint’s name will be chosen at Baptism, as a way of placing the baptized person under the patronage of the saint as their intercessor and model in holiness.
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