Muslim Convert to Catholic Faith Founds Pro-Life Political Party in Europe
moment of conception until natural death" noting that the Churchís commitment to the dignity of every human life and her pro-life principles "are not truths of faith, even though they receive further light and confirmation from faith. [T]hey are inscribed in human nature itself and therefore they are common to all humanity."
Magdi Cristiano Allam openly credits the Pope with his own conversion and has obviously taken his challenge to heart. The Protagonists for Christian Europe was founded on November 30, 2008 by this courageous journalist along with 49 others of a like mind. Numbered among them were Europeans of several ethnicities, including Arabic and Chinese Europeans. Allam told reporters that the Party is secular and open to all men and women. However, it clearly defends the Judeo-Christian roots of Europe without any apology and proposes that the path to a future of true progress for Europe is through rediscovering and reaffirming those roots.
The Party has three slogans: "Truth and Freedom", "Faith and Reason" and "Values and Rules", which clearly comport with themes found within Catholic Social Teaching. The positions and platform of the new Party is built upon the recognition of fundamental human rights such as the right to life, an authentic vision of human freedom and in particular religious freedom, the primacy of true marriage and the family founded upon it, solidarity, subsidiarity and the stewardship of environmental resources and the goods of the earth. All of these are also found with that body of teaching.
Magdi Cristiano Allam and this new party serve as an example to many of us in Nations such as the United States of America who share these same convictions. His example calls us to bold initiatives to further the true common good by building a new culture of life and civilization of love. Perhaps it is time for a new Political Party here as well.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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