- Jan 23, 2021
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s recognition of the official baptism site of Jesus in Jordan and said a new chapel on the opposite side of the river is purely touristic, not historic.
Christians are called to lead and lift people up by being close to them and sharing God’s love, not by judging them, Pope Francis said.
Our faith cannot disappear with the Christmas ornaments and decorations.
For the first time in 54 years, a Mass will be celebrated Jan. 10, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, at St. John the Baptist Chapel on the banks of the Jordan River.
The choral cries of newborn babies will not fill the Sistine Chapel in 2021 because the COVID-19 pandemic has forced Pope Francis to cancel his annual celebration of infant baptisms on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
On Sunday Pope Francis baptized more than 30 babies inside the Vatican and issued a clear defense of infant baptism in his homily, saying it gives children the strength to grow in the faith as they get older.