From Steve Asher@3:800/432 to All on Sat Jun 23 22:21:42 2007
Tony Blair is rumoured to become the first "permanent" President of the European Union (instead of the current "rotating" Presidency), and is
now reported to be planning a "Blair Inter-Faith Foundation".
Blair will become a Catholic
By Andrew Grice, Political Editor
Published: 22 June 2007
Tony Blair is "certain" to become a Roman Catholic shortly after
he steps down from office next week, friends of the Prime Minister
have told The Independent. They believe it will happen "sooner rather
Mr Blair is likely to discuss his conversion with Pope Benedict XVI,
with whom he will hold talks in Rome tomorrow after attending his last
summit of European Union leaders in Brussels.
Aides say that in the private one-to-one meeting, he will also discuss
his plans to set up a Blair Inter-Faith Foundation aimed at fostering
closer links between people from different religions.
Mr Blair is keen to be involved in four issues after he leaves office: inter-faith work to promote dialogue between Christianity, Islam and
Judaism; a "serious job" in the Middle East, where the White House has
said he may become an envoy; climate change; and Africa. He is expected
to carry out speaking engagements.