|The Church's New Ecumenical Partners: Pentecostals and Muslim Background Believers?|
|Written by Sherry|
|Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:02|
As the Christian community around the world changes, so does the nature of the Church's ecumenical mission. Cardinal Koch talks about the Church's newest major ecumenical partner:
"We have very strong growth among Pentecostal movements. That is a new reality worldwide, which is almost the second largest [Christian] movement after the Catholic Church. Actually we should speak of a Pentecostalization of ecumenism."
But there is an even more astonishing kind of Christianity emerging on the horizon. The Vatican Insider has a piece this morning about a mysterious Kuwaiti Prince who recorded a radio broadcast saying that he had become a Christian. I found it interesting that VI acknowledges the reality of a growing number of Muslim background believers.
It is not impossible to envision a point where there will be more "new" Christians from Muslim backgrounds than "historic" Christians living in the traditional Muslim world. Another unprecedented challenge in the area of ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue.