There has been a lot of attention paid to
the Pope’s baptism of Magid Allam the deputy editor of the Corriere
della Sera newspaper who has converted to the Catholic Church.
I found this though quite interesting.
“Undoubtedly the most extraordinary and
significant encounter in the decision to convert was that with Pope
Benedict XVI,” Allam said. He said he admired the pope for his skill
in laying out the relationship “between faith and reason as the basis
of authentic religion and human civilization.”
Many news sources have called him a Muslim commentator in his role as
editor. Though by his own account he has never been a
practicing Muslim and was educated in Egypt at a Catholic boarding
school and later on attended the La Sapienza University of Rome.
I find his attended this university in light of recent
protests rather ironic considering his stated reason for his
conversion. His parents were both Muslims, but it seems a
stretch as so many headlines stated that a “prominent Muslim” came into
There has also been a lot of commentary for the very public nature of his entering the Church. Some believe that the Pope is sending a message by doing so. Though it seems to me that the Holy Father is not the type to use a baptism in this manner.