Monday, 24 March 2008

Conversion: Magdi Allam, from Muslim to Catholic

From Holy Smoke, Damian Thompson's blog:

"How wonderful that Pope Benedict XVI should baptise one of Italy’s most prominent Muslims at the East Vigil service last night.

Magdi Allam, a maverick Muslim journalist loathed by his community for his support for the right of Israel to exist, is now a Christian convert. That gives Muslims yet another reason to hate him – even, perhaps to kill him.

Mr Allam is very brave to make his conversion so publicly, in St Peter’s Basilica. The Holy Father, too, has shown courage. Some of the Vatican’s inter-faith functionaries would much rather have done this quietly (if at all).

The Pope is sending out a potent message to Islam: you are not the only religion that seeks to convert all mankind. Only, these days, we do it peacefully."

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