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A baby is baptised at St. Mary's Assumption Ukrainian Catholic Church in St Louis, Missouri (CNS)

Despite some mysterious statements in canon law, the truth is that nothing can ever erase one’s Baptism

Oksana Vydash holds her goddaughter Veronika Victoria Shalai during her baptism at St Mary's Assumption Ukrainian Catholic Church in St Louis (CNS)

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Pope Francis pours water over the head of a baby as he celebrates the baptism of 23 babies in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis celebrated Mass to mark the feast day of Jesus’s baptism in the River Jordan

Pope Francis waves to the faithful gathered for the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

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The modern rite of baptism may be more joy-filled, but it is also vaguer (AP)

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Pope Francis baptises a baby in the Sistine Chapel (AP/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

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Pope Francis greets an infant at a Mass on the Baptism of the Lord (Photo: CNS)

Francis made the remark during a Mass in which he baptised 32 babies

Pope Francis passes circus performers before his general audience in St Peter's Square Below: Video of performance and  performers move past the Pope (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Francis tells faithful that baptism gives them ‘unwavering hope and strength’

Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope has said Catholics should discover the date of their baptism and celebrate it