The Good Deacon is right: This is indeed huge!

Arabic to become one of the languages used in papal audiences.

Sherry Weddell (who follows news from the missions front closely) tells me that one of the unnoted phenomena from the Islamosphere is a growing underground movement of what are called “Christ followers” in Islam: essentially Muslims who have had an experience of encounter with Jesus Christ as God, who are trying to follow him as disciples, and whom the Churches (both Protestant and Catholics) don’t quite have categories for. Some are baptized, some are not. Both they and the Christians who have befriended them are (for obvious reasons) hard to identify. But she says estimates are that a million of these hidden disciples are born again each year.

Something is happening in our time that is unprecedented in the entire history of Christian-Muslim engagement. Benedict gets this. We should too.

  • http://www.chesterton.org Sean P. Dailey

    This is astonishingly wonderful. Deo gratias and God bless Papa Benedict!

  • Deacon Nathan Allen

    There are also a lot of Arabic-speaking Christians in the world, most notably the Maronites in Lebanon but also Chaldeans in Iraq, Copts in Egypt, and Latin-Rite Palestinians. These ancient Christian communities have faced a lot of persecution in recent years, and have been largely ignored by policy-makers in the West. As one Maronite friend of mine likes to remind me, his people had been Christians for six hundred years when mine were still in the woods cavorting with Druids!

  • Harry

    Sweet! Need to pray about this, and learn more too.

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    That’s great news. I suspected the possibility of muslim conversions for a while. Call it intuition, but it’s somewhat based on what I think is an inherent dissonance in Islam in the relationship between God and man. But I’m no expert, just someone with an opinion.

  • Ted Seeber

    Something in this says “personal prelature” or “new order needed” to me.

    • James H, London

      Seconded! And Amen!

  • Sherry Weddell

    Just FYI, the majority of Muslims don’t speak Arabic and a huge number of extraordinary conversions are happening in sub Saharan Africa, Indonesia, Bengal, and other non-Arabic speaking areas. Which doesn’t mean I don’t think that having papal audiences in Arabic isn’t a great idea at this moment in time. It is!

  • Hezekiah Garrett

    This is so awesome. Praying for conversions all ’round!

  • http://chicagoboyz.net TMLutas

    Supporting this phenomenon sounds like a very good use of the deep web.

  • Sherry Weddell

    The web is useful but what is truly undergirding this completely new phenomena in history is prayer – decades of organized, global and local corporate intercession by tens of millions of Christians in a prayer movement that Catholics are almost completely unaware of and have ignored. Combined with the intentional founding of tens of thousands of very small, but actively evangelizing Christian communities in every village or neighborhood which they call “churches” and the very common experience of visions, healings, deliverance, and miracles. (I supposed I don’t have to say that this isn’t a Catholic movement?) For a gripping introduction, read Jerry Troutdale’s Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims are Falling in Love With Jesus.

    • http://www.rosariesforlife.com Dave

      How sad that we Catholics don’t have the visionary zeal that brought this about! Time to examine my conscience…

  • http://peace Puck

    The Young Fogey – http://sergesblog.blogspot.com/ – may have beaten His Holiness to it with his blog’s sub-head يا رب يسوع المسيح ابن اللّه الحيّ إرحمني أنا الخاطئ


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