No sin can erase 'spiritual seal' of baptism, Pope says

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.

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

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


Either you are with God or with Satan, Pope says

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

Pope, Council of Cardinals discuss new document on Roman Curia

VATICAN – Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals have reviewed a complete draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, the Vatican spokesman said.

Be fruitful and multiply: Threatened trees planted in Vatican Gardens

VATICAN – The Vatican Gardens has branched out and added a small orchard to its hillsides, becoming a safe haven for a number of endangered native Italian fruit and nut tree species.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.