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01 March 2016 | by Catholic News Service

Meet the priest bringing Catholics back to the faith through food

Brought up in a lively and hospitable Filipino family, Fr Patalinghug witnessed the power of food at a young age

For Father Leo Patalinghug, faith and food go hand in hand, or in cooking terms, they blend. "The idea of food in faith is implicit in our Scriptures. It's implicit in our liturgical calendar," he said, also adding that without question it's a key component of the Mass. The 45-year-old Filipino-American, known as the cooking priest, has made the blending of those two worlds his life's work with his apostolate, "Grace Before Meals," which aims, as he puts it: "to bring families to the dinner table and bring God to the table." He not only does a cooking show called "Savouring our Faith," but he also travels across the country giving parish workshops and speaking at conferences, on radio programs and via social media about the need for families to celebrate not just Catholic feast days bu


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