Sunday, August 30, 2009

Tony Blair attributes conversion to wife Cherie

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has attributed his conversion to Catholicism two years ago to his wife Cherie.

Mr Blair told a religious conference in Italy: “Frankly this all began with my wife.

“I began to go to Mass and we went together. We could have gone to the Anglican or Catholic church - guess who won?”

Speaking to the Communion and Liberation Committee in Rimini, Italy, Mr Blair said that switching from the Church of England to Catholicism was like “coming home”, and was now “where my heart is”.

According to London's Evening Standard, he said: “As time went on, I had been going to Mass for a long time ... it's difficult to find the right words. I felt this was right for me. There was something, not just about the doctrine of the Church, but of the universal nature of the Catholic Church.”

In his speech, Mr Blair also made a brief reference to his political life in the Labour Party. He said, “As Prime Minister of the UK for 10 years, but also as leader of the Labour Party for 13, during which time I reformed its constitution precisely around the relationship between the individual and the state, I learned many things.

“I began hoping to please all of the people all of the time; and ended wondering if I was pleasing any of the people any of the time. But that's another story.

“In my foundation - dedicated to respect and understanding between the religious faiths - I always say clearly I am and remain a Christian, seeking salvation through our Lord, Jesus Christ.”

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