Hundreds of Portuguese evangelicals are reportedly planning to engage with Roman Catholics at the massive Fátima two-day event, where Pope Francis is set to canonize two shepherd children who 100 years ago claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary. Evangelical Focus reported on Friday that Francis is visiting the famous Marian sanctuary near Lisbon on May 12 and 13, which has become one of the most important Catholic sites of the 20th century. Some evangelicals are using the opportunity to speak with

Catholics at the event marking 100 years since the sighting to “support the people going to Fátima in their needs, be they physical, emotional or spiritual,” said António Calaim, pastor and president of the Portuguese Evangelical Alliance. Calaim explained that hundreds of evangelicals, mostly young believers from several churches, will be engaging in dialogue with pilgrims, tackling topics about God and the Bible, even if they disagree with Catholics about teachings concerning the Virgin Mary. READ MORE