Holy Father Pope Francis while addressing the faithful gathered at St. Peter’s Square continued his catecheses focusing on the Sacrament of Baptism and invited Christians to be joyful and grateful for the grace of Baptism. His Holiness Pope Francis had a special greeting for a group of young people from Syria and asked for prayers for peace in the world, in particular for the Middle East and Syria.

As reported by Vatican Radio, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “In blessing the water of the baptismal font, the Church prays it may become the source of new life in Christ and the cleansing of sin through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Through Baptism, the Church invokes the action of the Holy Spirit so that those who receive the Sacrament may enter into the saving mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection, and with Him rise to immortal life. But in order to do this, we must reject Satan and all his works.” Further, His Holiness added, “The devil is he who divides while God always unites, it is not possible to be both with God and with the devil.”

Holy Father Pope Francis concluded his catecheses by reminding that “We are called to proclaim our faith and whenever we bless ourselves with holy water, we should recall, with gratitude, the gift that we received on the day of our Baptism.” After the catechesis, His Holiness Pope Francis had a special greeting for a group of young Syrians who arrived in Rome with a special Caritas Poland project.