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Pope's General Audience: Baptism opens a new door towards God and mercy

2013-11-13

During Wednesday's general audience, Pope Francis talked about the Sacrament of Baptism. He explained that it's through this very Sacrament that one receives a Christian identity. 

He also highlighted the 'Profession of Faith' prayer, which states"I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of Sins.” The Pope fully explained the significance of each one of these words and why they play an irreplaceable role in in Christian life. 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S GENERAL AUDIENCE IN ENGLISH: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

Today I would like to continue our catechesis on the Creed by turning to the Sacrament of Baptism.  Each Sunday when making our Profession of Faith, we pray: I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  Let us look at each of these words.  I confess – This solemn declaration highlights the importance of Baptism and affirms our identity as children of God.  In the Sacrament, our faith is also linked to the remission of sins. 

When we confess our sins, we renew and strengthen our Baptismal identity.  Baptism, then, is the point of departure for a lifelong journey of conversion sustained by the Sacrament of Penance.  One Baptism – The word Baptism literally means immersion.  Through the Sacrament, we are immersed spiritually in the death of Jesus Christ and we rise with him as a new creation. 

Regenerated by water and the Holy Spirit, we are illuminated by grace which dispels the darkness of sin.  For the forgiveness of sins – Baptism forgives original sin and personal sin.  The door to a new life is opened and the mercy of God enters our lives.  But human weakness remains.  The Church teaches us to confess our sins with humility, because only in forgiveness, received and given, do our restless hearts find peace and joy.    

I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Scotland, Denmark, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.  May Jesus Christ confirm you in faith and make you witnesses of his love and mercy to all people.  God bless you all!


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