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Leading English prelate addresses Muslims

Catholic World News - October 28, 2013

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster addressed the Muslim Council of Wales on the topic of “The Need for Spirituality in the Modern World.”

After discussing the transcendence of God and the need for reflection, Archbishop Nichols spoke of the Christian faith:

In the light of this faith I, and those who share this faith, come to know the Christ as the Son eternally begotten of the Father. Christians acknowledge Christ, God the Son, to be the eternal Word, the expression of Father, through whom the very life of God is poured out in the loving, continual, act of creation. Through this eternal Word all things have life. And that one eternal Word is born in our flesh, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the very love of Father and Son. The Word became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, became man – the man Jesus of Nazareth.

So the Christian, the disciple of Jesus, can look to the man of Nazareth to see in his words, his deeds, his life and his death, the very actions of God. And there he sees the actions of endless mercy and compassion for those in need, the healing of the sick, the comfort of the destitute. There he sees a passion for justice coupled with the gift of forgiveness, the giving of hope in times of desperation and the opening up of the promise of eternal life beyond the portal of death, for the man of Nazareth rose from the dead to open for us the way to heaven.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Oct. 28, 2013 8:02 AM ET USA

    Bravo, Bishop Nichols! This and not the over eager and embarrassing irenicism we often hear, is the true voice of Christianity needed when addressing Muslims. Glossing over the many unbridgeable differences between these two approaches to God does no one any good.

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