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Pope Francis strongly condemns Mali attack as his African visit draws near

On Friday 20th November, 2015 Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako of Mali was attacked by a group of Islamic gunmen. The Gunmen came into the Hotel building, said noth…

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Catholic congressman to boycott Pope’s address over climate change

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06 Jan 2016 Asia-Pacific News USA Vatican Comments (2)

Indian Christians brutalized to death in 2008 to be canonized Saints

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18 Jul 2015 Articles Comments (3)

The Mission of Mercy of St. John Paul

On a February night in 1931, a simple nun in Poland received a mystical vision of Jesus in a white robe with red-and-white rays radiating from his heart. Sister…

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02 Mar 2016 Middle East - Africa News No comments

West Africa Catholic Bishops appeal to Catholics to always defend the truth about marriage and family life

At a conference held in Accra, over 150 West African Bishops of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa called on Catholics to defend the truth about m…

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29 Oct 2014 Vatican Comments (3)

The Church's mystery: it's both visible and spiritual, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2014 / 09:12 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke of the visible actions carried out by the Church, explaining that the…

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03 Nov 2014 Q&A No comments

How does the Church define love?

Full Question Please explain to me the Church's definition of love. I have always looked upon love as sacrifice, mercy, and joy all rolled into one. …

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06 Nov 2015 Middle East - Africa News No comments

Senior Bishops of Kenya says Pope Francis' visit will bring healing and reconciliation to the nation.

Pope Francis’ imminent visit to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi will bring healing and reconciliation to the nation that has suffered a lot of misfortunes in the …

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31 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (4)

What will our resurrected bodies be like?

Full Question I am having a hard time understanding the resurrected body. How old will we appear? If someone dies when he is ninety-five, will he forever l…

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Why don’t we baptize the unborn?

Full Question

Since the Church states that a person is human and endowed with a soul at conception, making abortion a moral evil, why do we not baptize the unborn?

Answer

The Code of Canon Law states, “Every person not yet baptized and only such a person is capable of baptism” (CIC 864). Therefore, a non-baptized person who is not yet born is theoretically capable of baptism.

The problem with such a baptism is how to do it. Given that water is the proper matter for baptism, is there a safe way apply it in utero? While the current (1983) Code does not prohibit the baptism of children in the womb, the 1917 Code stated, “No one should be baptized in the mother’s womb so long as there is a hope that he can be baptized correctly outside of it” (1917 CIC 746). This law is no longer in force, but the practical difficulty of safely baptizing the unborn remains.









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