They vocalized the confession of faith and acted as guarantors of the child’s spiritual upbringing.
Normally, these sponsors were the natural parents of a child, as emphasized in 408 by St.
In some instances, the godfather is responsible for naming the child.
A godparent must normally be an appropriate person, at least sixteen years of age, a confirmed Catholic who has received the Eucharist, not under any canonical penalty, and may not be the parent of the child.
The Spanish and Portuguese words for the godparent roles are used for members of the wedding party—padrino/padrinho meaning "godfather" or "best man" and madrina/madrinha meaning "godmother" or "matron of honor", reflecting the custom of baptismal sponsors acting in this role in a couple's wedding.
The Spanish custom was also adopted in the Philippines, a predominantly Christian country in Southeast Asia that was a former part of the Spanish Empire.
In the Yoruba religion Santería, godparents must have completed their santo or their Ifá.
A person gets his Madrina and Yubona (co-godmother) or his Padrino and Yubon (co-godfather).