Posts Tagged ‘conversion’

Former Governor General, politician, atheist, finds God Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

A former Australian governor general, Labor leader and avowed atheist says he has found God again at age 85. “There’s been a gnawing pain in my heart and soul about what is the meaning of life. What’s my role in it?” Bill Hayden says. Hayden has often been cited as one of Australia’s most prominent Read more

Unlikely centres of Catholic conversion Comments 0

Thursday, April 12th, 2018
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Conversion to Catholicism are on the increase in some unexpected places. In 2016, Fr Joseph Enkh Baatar was ordained in St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Ulaanbaatar. Like so many buildings in Mongolia’s capital, the cathedral is modeled after the yurt – a round tent made of animal skin in which the peoples of the Read more

From being a mafia runner to ordination to as a priest Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

In a recent Vimeo video produced by Spirit Juice Studios and the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Donald Calloway recalled his radical transformation from atheist, drug-addicted high school dropout to Catholic priest. One night, an almost-21-year-old Donnie was spending a quiet night at home in his room. Without the distraction of music or the noises of Read more

Sonny Bill Williams is happiest at prayer time Comments 0

Friday, July 1st, 2016

All Black Sonny Bill Williams has said he is most happy when he is saying his prayers. In an article in the UK Daily Mail, Williams admitted to having to fit his Islamic diet and prayer around an intensive rugby schedule. “When I’m most happy is when I’m doing my prayers,” he said. “When you Read more

Christians called to convert Muslims not Jews: Cardinal Comments 1

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Christians have a mission to convert all Muslims, according to one of Pope Francis’s senior aides. Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting in the United Kingdom, the Catholic Herald reported. Cardinal Koch also said that Christians should not try and convert Jews and should Read more

The statistics show that converts stay Catholic Comments 0

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

As someone who spends a lot of his time dealing with religious statistics, it seems to be my lot in life to be the bearer of bad news. I guess that’s why I don’t get invited to any of the razzamatazziest Catholic parties. In my defence, if there is bad news, then it’s much better Read more

Cardinals: Don’t use charity as a conversion tool Comments 0

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Two top cardinals say that as Catholics engage in charity around the world, they must be careful not to put their desire to convert people to their faith ahead of their missionary work. Speaking at the “Charity will never end” conference organized by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council Cor Unum, an umbrella office to coordinate the Read more

Vatican states Church doesn’t formally try to convert Jews Comments 0

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

A new Vatican document has affirmed that the Catholic Church does not support any institutional mission to convert Jews. Marking 50 years of Catholic-Jewish dialogue since Vatican II, the Pontifical Council for Religious Relations with Jews has published “The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable”. The document states that Catholics are called to witness Read more

Prelate links pastoral approach with evangelical collapse Comments 0

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

A US archbishop has put the collapse of evangelical life in some European churches down to certain pastoral practices on the sacraments. In an article to be published in the journal First Things next month, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia criticised pastoral approaches that ignore the call to conversion. He wrote about divorced and civilly Read more

UK Muslim convert to Christianity has kneecap smashed Comments 6

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

A UK man has been seriously assaulted by a gang as a result of his converting from Islam to Christianity. Father-of-six Nissar Hussain from Bradford was left needing surgery after the group broke his kneecap and hand on Wednesday. A pickaxe handle was used by one of the assailants. Mr Hussain, 49, is recovering in Read more