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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

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.

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"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. 

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"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. 

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"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.