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In Christianity, a Godparent (Godfather or Godmother), also known as a Sponsor, is a title given by the Church, describing the mentor and their lifetime guidance of the newly baptized and newly confirmed members of Church. Godparents are not only for infants, as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) has sponsors. The practice of godparents/sponsors, is done in the Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, and the Reformed (Continental Reformed, Presbyterian and Congregationalist) Churches.

In the Catholic Church, the Code of Canon Law applies.

""Parents and godparents, this light has been entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly."

Godfather is a title given to Sicilian mob bosses.