Converted Muslim Tells Story Behind Baptism by the Pope

by Steve Ray on December 2, 2008

Italian Journalist Recounts Journey to Catholicism, By Luca Marcolivio

ROME, DEC. 1, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The high-profile baptism of Magdi Cristiano Allam at the Easter Vigil ceremony presided over last year by Benedict XVI has a story behind it. According to Allam himself, his conversion journey was possible because of great Christian witnesses.

One of the directors of the Milan daily Corriere della Sera, he spoke about his conversion and the experiences that led to it when he met with university students of Rome last week to tell the story of his path to Catholicism.

Starting from the Easter Vigil of 2008 — which Allam called the “most beautiful day of my life” — when he received baptism from Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Italian-Egyptian journalist spoke of his life journey and the reflections that brought him to embrace “a new life in Christ and a new spiritual itinerary.”

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Dave December 24, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Did Jesus (The Son of God) claim to be a catholic?
If so where can I find this information
If not why would anyone want to be a catholic over a Christian/follower of Jesus Christ
Thank you
Jesus Is Lord

STEVE RAY HERE: Jesus never used the word Catholic, but neither did he claim to be a Bible-believer, a Baptist, a Christian or anything else that people call themselves today. Jesus did say he would build His Church (Matt 16) and refers to it as “the Church” which is singular. He gives Peter and the Apostles authority over this kingdom. The kingdom continues with the successors of Peter and the Apostles. The word Catholic simply means universal or for all men. It is the one Church that exists for everyone, everywhere, for all time, teaching the whole truth until the end of time. In this we know that Jesus formed the ONE Church and we call it Catholic — universal, catholic.

Catholic Defender November 11, 2009 at 5:16 AM

The use of the word “catholic” is notably written down by St. Ignatius of Antioch. St. Ignatius was a follower of St. John the Apostle. It is from St. John that he recieved his teaching and priesthood. St. Ignatius would also be ordained a Bishop by St. Peter the Apostle. He would become the 3rd Bishop of Antioch. On his journey to Rome as a prisoner, he wrote several writings to the early Church at that time encouraging them to stay faithful to Christ. He was particular in how that was done, buy stay loyal to the bishops as to the Lord because they represented the Lord in the fullest capacity. He would finally be thrown to wild beasts in Rome about 107 A.D. The Catholic Faith has a great heritage of Saints and Martyrs such as St. Ignatius, it is by His grace that I am in this great family of His!!!

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