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Swedish 'megachurch' leader converts to Catholicism

Catholic World News - March 11, 2014

One of Sweden’s most prominent Protestant leaders has shocked his followers by announcing his conversion to Catholicism.

Rev. Ulf Ekman, who founded the Word of Life community in 1983 and saw it grow to “megachurch” status under his leadership, told his congregation that he and his wife came to recognize the truth of the Catholic faith through their prayer, study of the Scriptures and theology, and acquaintance with charismatic Catholics. He said that it was “actually Jesus Christ who led us to unite with the Catholic Church.”

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Mar. 12, 2014 9:09 AM ET USA

    There might be some good advice there for others outside the Catholic Church. Hopefully no Catholics make an attempt to talk him out of it in the interests of ecmenism and mutual respect. The congregation must be enduring a rough time in all this; certainly a difficult time for them. Nonetheless, it is refreshing to see a sense of urgency in the desire "unite with the Catholic Church." Perhaps some of his congregation will follow his lead.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 11, 2014 10:20 PM ET USA

    Praise God for this man's courage and wisdom.

  • Posted by: tturner3998 - Mar. 11, 2014 6:48 PM ET USA

    Hope he brings his flock.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Mar. 11, 2014 5:46 PM ET USA

    An honest man, such a rarity these days. Bravo to both him and his wife. Look to see him soon publishing books and teaching cradle Catholics their religion. In my estimation, the very best apologetic today comes from Protestants who came to understand that the fullness of the faith was to be found across the Tiber.

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