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Catholic Priest: Muslims Are Leaving Islam, Converting to Christianity

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 November 2017 05:27 PM

A Catholic priest is claiming Muslims across the world, particularly in Africa but also in Middle Eastern nations, are converting to Christianity in huge numbers every year.

Father Mitch Pacwa told National Catholic Register he has confirmed with sources on the ground that followers of Islam are becoming Christians — in part because of radical Islamic terror and the mark it leaves on people.

"We are in a time of the first ever mass conversions of Muslims," Pacwa said. "God is doing a mighty work among them."

Pacwa noted that Africa seems to be the home of millions of converts who have abandoned the Muslim faith for Christianity.

In 2005, Pacwa said, Al Jazeera Television was "reporting on the mass conversions of Muslims — as many as 6-8 million — in sub-Saharan, Africa, and they have repeated the warning every year. I've confirmed it with Africans I know who have told me again and again about conversions in places like Nigeria, Uganda, Mali.

"That's why Boko Haram has become so active. They are actually quite scared and trying to terrorize. But the very act of terrorizing people has ended up with people becoming more disgusted with Islam."

No hard data regarding Muslim-to-Christian conversions exists, only estimates from experts like Pacwa, who is fluent in 13 languages and who is considered an expert on the Middle East. He is a frequent host on the Catholic TV and radio network EWTN.

A paper published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, for example, claimed that Muslims have been leaving the faith since the 1960s at rising rates.

The data, according to the paper, "clearly shows an increase from fewer than 200,000 [Christians who converted from Islam] globally in 1960 to nearly 10 million today."

The Pew Research Center published the results of a study earlier this year that claimed sub-Saharan Africa is ground zero for a booming Christian population to the point that by 2060, more than 40 percent of all Christians will live there — higher than any other continent.

Pew also claimed, however, that the Muslim population in sub-Saharan Africa is growing as well.

The Washington Post reported in 2015 that Christianity's large numbers are shifting from North America and Europe to areas like Latin America and Africa. At the time, the Post claimed that 1 billion Christians lived in those two parts of the world.

Asia is another epicenter of Christianity's growth, the Post reported.

Meanwhile, Pew also reported earlier this year that Muslims are the world's fastest growing religious group and that Islam is on pace to be the No. 1 religion in terms of numbers by the second half of this century.

Still, Pacwa told National Catholic Register he is seeing a change across the religious landscape that favors the Christian faith.

"I was about to celebrate Mass at a Maronite church in San Diego and I said hi to a man who introduced himself as Ahmad," Pacwa said. "I asked if he was a Christian. He said, 'Yes, I was recently baptized.' He said he was from Morocco. Christians do not have the name Ahmad — that's a form of Mohammad.

"A large number of Muslims are receiving visions of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary that has led them to convert. Many of these stories can be seen online."

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