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Religion is 'the rest of my life's work': Blair

Issues of faith have been consuming the former British premier Tony Blair, who is working on a global plan for the promotion of interfaith dialogue, terming it "the rest of my life's work."

world Updated: Apr 08, 2008 15:01 IST

Issues of faith have been consuming the former British premier Tony Blair, who is working on a global plan for the promotion of interfaith dialogue, terming it "the rest of my life's work."



"People will think this is a piece of spin but, I've always been as interested in religion as politics," Blair told the British daily

The Times

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Freed from the burdens of office, Blair does not shy away from discussing religion publicly. "When I was Prime Minister, if I was to give interviews on faith, Id just have ended up with a great load of trouble," he said.

Blair, who converted to Catholicism in December, will set up his Faith Foundation this year. Now he says faith is the issue that will be the driving force behind his life.

"I see this over time as the rest of my life's work," he told the daily. "I think that the areas to do with climate change and Make Poverty History, where there's a well-trodden piece of ground there, and actually I have interest in both of those things. But in respect of faith, there is a burgeoning interest in it now," he added.

"Lets start it, be modest and grow it, he said, adding I want it to be a global foundation. He has set his Faith Foundation two tasks: producing educational material and bringing together different faith organisations to work towards the UN Millennium Development Goals.