High-profile convert from Islam now renounces Church

A high-profile convert from Islam — baptised by Pope Benedict XVI at Easter 2008 — has renounced the Catholic Church.

Egyptian-born Magdi Cristiano Allam, who was instructed in the Catholic faith by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, says he still believes in Jesus.

But, he says, “The thing that drove me away from the Church more than any other factor was religious relativism, in particular the legitimisation of Islam as a true religion.”

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