YCS opened the door on my faith: Cherie Blair

posted 4 May 2010, 04:46 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 4 May 2010, 04:57 ]

"I always felt a commitment to social justice – in a way it was part of my bones, given my background growing up in a Labour supporting family," former British First Lady Cherie Blair told IYCS leader Edouard Koutsava.

"And that was strengthened and empowered within a faith context by my involvement in the YCS movement," she said.

"Like many members today, YCS offered me a number of things. It had an important social aspect and provided the opportunity to make friends, some of which I still have today. It opened the door for me on a new perspective on my faith.

"I was living through the sweeping changes brought about by Vatican II and was inspired and mobilized by the church’s mission for social justice. The church in action is very important - it’s a rallying call all of us YCS members would stand behind. Of course prayer and ritual are vital, but I recognize that our faith tradition calls us to be active, because as Christians we are known and judged by what we do, not just by what we say," Ms Blair said.

Read the full interview on the IYCS website: