September 2, 2013

To emphasize that the sacrament of Baptism formally brings a person into the Church of God and not just into a local Christian community, the Vatican has ordered a slight change of wording in the baptismal rite.

At the beginning of the rite, instead of saying, "the Christian community welcomes you with great joy," the officiating minister will say, "the Church of God welcomes you with great joy.

Baptism is the sacrament of faith in which people are incorporated into the one Church of Christ, which subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and the bishops in communion with him," said the decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

The decree is dated Feb. 22 and approved Jan. 28 by Pope Benedict XVI.

The pope resigned a month later.