Baptism of the Lord

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa blesses the people with the water he previously collected from the River Jordan. The cardinal presided over the Mass of the Feast of Baptism, on Friday, January 12, near the Jordan River. | Credit: Marinella Bandini

Thousands Gather at Jordan River with Patriarch to Mark Baptism of Jesus

Jan 13, 2024

For 2,000 years, since Jesus descended into the waters of the Jordan River to be baptized by John the Baptist, the river has been a pilgrimage site for Christians from around the world. And on the banks of that river, for the past 24 years, on the second Friday of January, the Catholic community in the region has undertaken a pilgrimage, gathering around its patriarch, to celebrate the baptism of Jesus.

Pope Francis baptized 13 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 8, 2023. | Vatican Media

Celebrate the Date of Your Baptism Like a Birthday: Pope Francis

Jan 8, 2023

Pope Francis baptized babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and encouraged parents to teach their children to celebrate their baptism anniversary each year.

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Jan. 8, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: God’s Justice Frees us from the Snares of Evil

Jan 8, 2023

In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis said that God’s justice is often misunderstood as mere punishment when in reality it “raises us up” by “freeing us from the snares of evil.”

Pope Francis baptizes a child in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 9, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Baptizes Babies in Sistine Chapel for 1st Time Since COVID-19 Pandemic

Jan 9, 2022

The pope baptized 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel.

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox monastery on the Jordan River in the West Bank. Credit: Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida (CC BY 2.0)

Franciscan Friars Return to Site of Christ's Baptism after 50 Years

Jan 10, 2021

For the first time in over 54 years, the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land were able to offer Mass on their property at the site of Christ’s baptism, located in the West Bank.