For the newly baptized Christians of the church of Rome, the octave of Easter was the culmination of both their baptismal preparation, and of the seven-week long series of stational visits that brought them and the Pope to most of the important churches of the city.
The station of the Easter vigil is of course at the cathedral of Rome, the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior, where the Popes also resided from the time of the Emperor Constantine until the beginning of the 14th century.
Mormons operating independently of the Mormon Church -- and in direct contradiction to the church's edicts on the subject -- have posthumously baptized Anne Frank in a Mormon ritual referred to as 'Baptism for the Dead.' In response...
The Mormon Church has apologised for posthumously baptizing the parents of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. But the controversy over its un-biblical practice of posthumous proxy baptisms the dead continues.
The Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, preparing for a visit by Pope Francis later this month, has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land.
In the penitential season of Advent, the church of Rome traditionally kept stations at various churches, where the Pope himself would celebrate the principal Mass, as in the other major penitential season of Lent. The Advent station...