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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

A Christian Orthodox pilgrim bathes in the Jordan River (AP)

What matters is not so much the precise spot of Jesus’s baptism, but rather the importance of the whole ritual

Jordanian Christians pour water over themselves at the baptismal area on the eastern bank of the Jordan River (PA)

The eastern side of the River Jordan has been declared a World Heritage site

Pope Francis prays beside the River Jordan (AP)

Pontiff blesses Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have fled to Jordan at end of first day of Holy Land trip