The world saw the softer side of Conor McGregor on Saturday.
The proud dad and UFC legend was in the Vatican for the christening of his May-born son Rian, the third child of 33-year-old Irish boxer and partner Dee Devlin.
The often fiery McGregor beamed brightly as he walked through St. Peter’s Basilica while carrying one of his older children, wrapped in a shiny leopard-print sweater, which appeared to be sleeping on his shoulder.
Earlier, McGregor sipped a striped mug of tea on a crowded street in Rome as security tried to restrain paparazzi and onlookers, a photo showed.
Devlin was seen inside the chapel in another image, wearing a black mask, carrying the baby.
Rian was baptized in the Choir Chapel inside St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world and considered the spiritual center of Catholicism. Minibuses transported the McGregor family from their hotel to the cathedral, where they entered the chapel through an interior door.
The remains of several saints would be buried under the elaborate chapel’s altar.
The ceremony, a rite of passage for Christians around the world, closed a family trip to Rome for McGregor. He posted images of Rome on Instagram, including one sitting on a sofa with “the creator of my world, my stepmother Margaret”.
Another set of his Instagram images shows crowds of people, with cameras overhead, circling a luxury black vehicle as it attempts to move down the street.
“Roman Empire Ciao,” he wrote.
McGregor was also pictured on the trip sharing sips of his Proper No. 12 Whiskey with legendary football manager Jose Mourinho, who has managed some of the world’s most famous clubs, including AS Roma today. .
Rian is the younger brother of Conor Jr. and Croia.
Catholics must obtain special permission from their local priest before baptizing infants outside their home parish.