After more than 30 years in show business, Extra host Mario Lopez says has seen it all and knows what’s most important in life. In an exclusive interview with In Touch, the 44-year-old father of two opens up about how his faith keeps him grounded.

While he may have spent his career hobnobbing with celebrities all over the world, it wasn’t until this past March that he got to take the trip of his lifetime. “Israel was always on my bucket list — I wanted to see where Jesus used to kick it,” he tells In Touch of his tour of the Holy Land — which culminated in him getting baptized in the Jordan River.

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A devout Catholic and father to Gia, 7, and Dominic, 4, with wife Courtney, says he’s not worried about people treating him differently for being religious. “They always say not to talk about politics or faith, but I’m always proud to talk about my faith if asked. It’s important to me,” he explains to In Touch. “And I respect and appreciate all faiths. I think they’re all trying to get to the same place and just taking different paths.”

“I think people who are into their faith can appreciate someone who’s into theirs,” he confides to In Touch.

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