A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
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May 12, 2019

The Baptism of Blood

The baptism of blood is similar to the baptism of desire. It refers to the martyrdom of those believers who were killed for the faith before they had a chance…
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A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
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May 12, 2019

The Baptism of Desire

While the Church has always taught that baptism is necessary for salvation, that doesn't mean that only those who have been formally baptized can be saved. From very early on,…
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A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
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May 12, 2019

The Adult Baptism

Converts who are already adults also receive the sacrament, unless they have already received a Christian baptism. (If there is any doubt about whether an adult has already been baptized, the…
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A Prayer to the Holy Spirit (by Cardinal Mercier)
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May 12, 2019

The Infant Baptism

In the Catholic Church of today, baptism is most commonly administered to infants. While some other Christians strenuously object to infant baptism, believing that baptism requires assent on the part…
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Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
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May 12, 2019

Does the Catholic Church Consider Non-Catholic Baptisms Valid?

If both the elements of a baptism and the intention with which it is performed are present, the Catholic Church considers that baptism to be valid, no matter who performed…
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Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
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May 12, 2019

When is a Baptism Valid?

As in the discourse in the recent posts, the form of the Sacrament of Baptism has two essential elements: the pouring of water over the head of the person to…
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Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
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May 12, 2019

Who is the Minister of the Sacrament of Baptism?

Following the fact that the form of baptism requires just the water and the words, the sacrament, like the Sacrament of Marriage, does not require a priest; any baptized person can…
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Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
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May 12, 2019

The Form of the Sacrament of Baptism

While the Church has an extended rite of Baptism which is normally celebrated, which includes roles for both parents and godparents, the essentials of that rite are two: the pouring…
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January 21, 2016

Pope Francis' Catechesis for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

At the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, for his traditional weekly Audience which fell during the week of prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of…
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