Mar 22, 2017 - 03:02 am .- Hollywood precedent notwithstanding, an Italian bishop has announced that known members of the mafia cannot be godparents for the Catholic sacraments of baptism or confirmation.
Mar 19, 2017 - 06:47 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said that Lent is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the life-giving water we received at our Baptism, turning away from things of the world, which ultimately leave us unsatisfied.
Jan 8, 2017 - 05:18 am .- Pope Francis Sunday baptized 28 babies during Mass in the Sistine Chapel, reminding parents that by asking for the Sacrament of Baptism, the gift of faith, for their child, they have a responsibility to guard it and to help it deepen.
Dec 7, 2016 - 12:02 am .- A distant part of Ethiopia last week celebrated the baptisms of 300 adult catechumens, youth, and infants.
Oct 1, 2016 - 10:28 am .- Speaking to Georgia's religious and civil authorities on Saturday, Pope Francis affirmed the country's Christian identity, and called the Georgian Orthodox Church to recall the unity of baptism among Christian believers.
Jul 20, 2016 - 03:02 am .- In the midst of her stressful overseas voyage to Europe, Vivian, a very pregnant Nigerian woman who departed from the Libyan coast, ended up giving birth on the German naval ship that rescued her and her 654 companions.
Jan 10, 2016 - 05:35 am .- In his Sunday Angelus remarks Pope Francis stressed the importance of both knowing and celebrating the day of our baptism, since it is through the sacrament that we become children of God.
Jan 10, 2016 - 03:07 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis baptized 26 babies in the Sistine Chapel, telling parents to nurture the faith in the lives of their children, because it is the greatest inheritance they can give.
Aug 13, 2015 - 12:31 am .- In a whirlwind trip, Lucas Schaerer and his family – friends of Pope Francis from his time in Buenos Aires – traveled to the Vatican, where the Pope baptized their daughters, Simona and Charo.
Jan 11, 2015 - 02:15 pm .- Pope Francis baptized 33 babies at the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, advising families to set an example for their children through reading the Gospels. He said the Word of God is like a mother’s nourishing milk.
Jan 11, 2015 - 11:30 am .- Pope Francis encouraged Christians to remember their baptism with “joy,” as he reflected on the role of Jesus Christ’s baptism by John the Baptist in God’s saving mission for humanity.
Aug 17, 2014 - 01:24 am .- On Sunday morning Pope Francis baptized 62-year-old Lee Ho-Jin – the father of one of the victims from the Sewol Ferry tragedy earlier this year – who took on the baptismal name “Francis.”
Jul 2, 2014 - 03:50 pm .- The Diocese of Madison, Wis. explained its response to same-sex couples who present children for baptism, welcoming sincere baptism requests but also warning of “speculative” or “scurrilous” news reports on the subject.
May 1, 2014 - 02:48 am .- Catholics and other Christians have criticized Sarah Palin’s recent comments comparing waterboarding to baptism, calling them disrespectful, irreverent, and even blasphemous.
Apr 7, 2014 - 04:44 pm .- Archbishop Carlos Nanez of Cordoba, Argentina, explained that the recent baptism of a baby who is being raised by her biological mother and the woman’s lesbian partner is not an endorsement of their lifestyle.
Jan 15, 2014 - 06:09 am .- During his general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Sacrament of Baptism, emphasizing that we are called to use the grace we receive in order to become “missionary disciples.”
Jan 12, 2014 - 11:29 am .- During his homily at Sunday Mass, Pope Francis reminded parents who had brought their infants to be baptized of their duty to pass on the faith to their children.
Jan 8, 2014 - 05:01 am .- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of the sacrament of Baptism, highlighting how it is a gift which incorporates us into the body of Christ and impels us to evangelize.
Nov 13, 2013 - 07:09 am .- During his general audience, Pope Francis devoted his reflections to the sacrament of Baptism, stating that it opens the door a journey of faith, and helps to sustain us along the way.
Aug 23, 2013 - 04:09 pm .- In one of his last acts as Pope, Benedict XVI approved changed wording in the rite of baptism which emphasizes “the Church of God” as the community into which the baptized individual has been incorporated.