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Where Precisely Was Jesus Baptized? 

Where Precisely Was Jesus Baptized? 

John the Baptist preached to the people that the Messiah would soon come, and he baptized all who acknowledged their sins and repented. This was before Christ’s public ministry. When Jesus came to John for baptism, John acknowledged his unworthiness, and did so only on Jesus’ insistence.

Every year following the Epiphany, all the Faithful celebrate this holy event as the Feast of Baptism of the Lord. While the Bible mentions the Jordan River, where exactly was Jesus baptized?

“He came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’” – Matthew 3:16-17.

Both the Gospels of Matthew and Mark offer some clues to where Jesus was baptized. In both accounts, John the Baptist was performing baptisms in the Jordan River, a place easily accessible to those from all of Judea and Jerusalem. In the Gospel of John, a town called Bethany across the Jordan River is specifically mentioned to be the site where John the Baptist began his preaching.

Not to be confused with the village of Bethany east of Jerusalem, where Mary lived, Bethany is a small village on the east bank of the Jordan River, near Jericho. Today, this place is called Al-Maghtas, meaning baptism in Arabic, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tradition considers the baptismal pools found there during an archaeological dig site to be the original location of the Baptism of Jesus.

A baptismal pool at Al-Maghtas.

Every year on January 6, thousands flock to the very place Jesus Himself was baptized to commemorate the Epiphany and the Baptism of Christ. In March of 2000, Pope Saint John Paul II visited the site and said:

“Its memory becomes still richer when we turn to Holy Scripture, which shows Jericho as a place which bears the footprint not only of man but of God himself. In my mind I see Jesus coming to the waters of the River Jordan not far from here to be baptized by John the Baptist.”

In his address over his visit to Al-Maghtas, John Paul II also commented that the city had become a “flourishing oasis in the desert,” able to provide plentifully for its people. However, not all are blessed to live in places that offer simple necessities like water. Nonetheless, you have the ability to make an impact. Through a charitable donation to MISSIO you can help provide clean drinking water for those who need it most.

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Do You Know The Difference Between Direct And Indirect Abortion? Which Of Them Is Sinful?

Do You Know The Difference Between Direct And Indirect Abortion? Which Of Them Is Sinful?

Full Question

I heard that in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) Pope John Paul II condemned “direct abortion.” What is direct abortion? Is there such a thing as indirect abortion, and can it ever be justified?


Let’s look at what the pope said: “[B]y the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, in communion with the Bishops . . . I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being” (Evangelium Vitae 62). The Pope defines direct abortion as “abortion willed as an end or as a means.” Abortion is willed as an end (that is, as a goal) if one’s goal is to end the pregnancy. Abortion is willed as a means if ending the pregnancy is the instrument one uses to obtain some other goal. Abortion would be used as a means if, for example, the child was killed in order to harvest its body for medical consumption, such as organ transplants or tissue research.

An abortion would be indirect if it were used neither as an end nor as a means. If a pregnant woman has a cancerous womb that must be removed, removing it would produce an indirect abortion. The child would die after the womb is removed, but the child’s death would neither be an end nor a means.

Whenever a child is actively killed, even as a means of protecting the mother’s life, that constitutes direct abortion.

Source: CatholicAnswers

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The Last Words Of Saint John Paul II As Revealed By Vatican

The Last Words Of Saint John Paul II As Revealed By Vatican

Six hours before he breathed his last, Saint John Paul II, in a weak voice said in Polish “Let me go to the house of the Father” and these were his last words.

Saint John Paul II

The Vatican already revealed many of the details in a meticulously written report, but the 220-page volume provides more description of John Paul II’s decline. It went on sale at the Vatican in recent days, the Holy See’s publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, said Saturday.

Six hours before his death, John Paul said in Polish, “with a very weak voice and with mumbled words, ‘Let me go to the house of the Father,”‘ the report said.

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Feast Of Pope St. John Paul II – October 22

Feast Of Pope St. John Paul II – October 22



Papacy Began: 16 October 1978

Papacy Ended: 2 April 2005
Predecessor: John Paul I
Successor: Benedict XVI

Ordination: 1 November 1946

Personal Details

Birth Name: Karol Józef Wojtyła

Born: 18th May 1920, Wadowice, Republic of Poland

Died: 2 April 2005 (aged 84) Apostolic Palace, Vatican City

Nationality: Polish (with Vatican citizenship)

Denomination: Catholic (Latin Church)

Postions Held In Church: Auxiliary Bishop
of Kraków, Poland (1958–64), Titular Bishop of Ombi (1958–64), Archbishop of Kraków, Poland (1964–78), Cardinal-Priest of San Cesareo in Palatio (1967–78)

Motto: Totus Tuus (Totally yours)


Feast Day: 22 October

Venerated in: Roman Catholic Church

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