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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.

The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

February 15, 2017. On April 29, the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.

Romance of Religion: “Faith is an adventure, a journey, a quest... It’s a great story”


Great stories are timeless. For centuries now, the Bible has stood out as the best story of all time. 

The Romance of Religion, Author 
"Faith is an adventure, it’s a journey, it’s a quest. It’s a great story.” 

But the Bible is much more than just a good story. In his latest book, 'The Romance of Religion,' Fr. Dwight Longenecker, ties elements of the great classical novels to the Bible: Everything from great saints to Biblical heroes.

The Romance of Religion, Author 
"The Romance of Religion is not so much about erotic romance and human love. Instead it’s using the word romance as great stories.” 

As it turns out, the book has also turned into a tool for the New Evangelization. What better way to transmit the Gospel, he says, than by sharing faith stories. From successes and disappointment to highs and lows. But he does admit, he often sees one major obstacle. 

The Romance of Religion, Author 
"Some Catholics don’t have a faith story to share. So I say to people when I’m out on speaking engagements, I say, 'Look you need your faith stories, but if you don’t have one, you better get one.” 

In fact he has his own unique faith story to share. Growing up, he was an Evangelical Protestant. Then he was an Anglican priest for 10 years, before eventually becoming a priest in the Catholic Church. 

Along the way, he says he's learned that in essence, religion isn't just a list of rules and dogmas. 

The Romance of Religion, Author 
"We need those. I’m not throwing those out the window, but to say that those are the map for the journey, they are not the journey.” 

He says the key to having that special faith story to share, is the willingness to start one's faith journey...one step at a time.