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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.

A friar gets an impromptu request from a homeless man on a busy New York City street

2016-10-07

The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal are back... Their catchy videos have warranted the attention of many. This time, instead of showing off their basketball skills and aiming for the sky, they are aiming for the heart.
 
BR. ISAIAH MARIE HOFMANN
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
"I think that's why we start dancing when we hear music. It's because it moves us to a deeper place; to the place of the heart where there is a rhythm and a beat. That's why I think music brings us so much joy. So, I definitely believe that music is one way that I pray.
 
What started out as a harmless request from a homeless man turned into something more for Brother Isaiah Marie Hofmann, as he was walking down one of New York City's busiest streets one afternoon. After noticing Br. Isaiah's guitar, the man asked him to play a song.
 
BR. ISAIAH MARIE HOFMANN
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
"I think the beauty of music is that it gives voice to the human heart. Music is almost the fruit of the human heart and people trying to deal with the heart and to deal with life and music is kind of what comes out of all of that and so music speaks to everyone.
 
Br. Isaiah not only played a song for the man, he named it after him."Jacob's Song” is inspired by the power of prayer, solidarity, and the heart.

Br. Isaiah and his brother friars love music and hope to inspire by serving everyone in their communities, especially those that are materially disenfranchised by doing hands-on work with the poor and others in need.
 
BR. ISAIAH MARIE HOFMANN
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
"I do believe music has incredible power and its very important where it comes from because I think it has the great power to do good and power to be destructive as well, like anything. It really depends on where the music is coming from.
 
"Jacob’s Song” and the entire Broomstick album is now available on Amazon and  iTunes. The proceeds will go to support single mothers in need of assistance.
 

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