VATICAN – The baptismal font is a tomb in which a person dies to sin, and it is a womb through which a person is born to new life in Christ, Pope Francis said.

Either you are with God or with Satan, Pope says

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VATICAN – Baptism requires rejecting Satan and professing one's full faith in God, Pope Francis said.

God's word on Sunday: Christ nourishes our life on the vine

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 29 (Year B) Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8


Name given at baptism gives sense of identity, belonging, Pope says

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VATICAN – Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said.

Respect life of severely ill patients like Alfie Evans, Pope says

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VATICAN – Highlighting the plight of a seriously ill toddler in Great Britain and a severely brain-damaged man in France, Pope Francis called for greater respect for every patient's life and dignity.

Pope urges Catholics to be moved by the joy of the Resurrection

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ROME – On Sunday Pope Francis visited a Roman parish, telling Mass-goers to allow themselves to be moved by the immense joy of the resurrection, which overcomes sin and renews believers, allowing them to have a youthful heart.

Pope issues holiness challenge, expands 'pro-life' meaning

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Pope Francis has once again expanded the Catholic definition of being pro-life. 

Trust in the Holy Spirit, baptize your children, Pope says

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VATICAN – Parents who prefer not to baptize their children in the hopes that they will "understand and ask for baptism" as adults lack faith that the Holy Spirit will act in their child's life, Pope Francis said.

Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, Pope says

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VATICAN – Priests must give hope to men and women seeking forgiveness, encouraging them in their struggle away from the slippery slope of sin, Pope Francis said.

As young people speak to church, they must listen to Jesus, Pope says

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VATICAN – The Catholic Church wants to listen to young people and know where they are coming from, but young Catholics must be ready to listen to Jesus and discover where he wants to lead them, Pope Francis said.

Holiness means bearing witness in everything we do, being 'saints next door', Pope says

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VATICAN – God calls all Christians to be saints – not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.