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Gingrich Credits Wife Callista, Pope Benedict With Catholic Conversion

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In addition, Gingrich says that a key turning point came from seeing Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to the U.S. in 2008:

Catching a glimpse of Pope Benedict that day, I was struck by the happiness and peacefulness he exuded. The joyful and radiating presence of the Holy Father was a moment of confirmation about the many things I had been thinking and experiencing for several years.

That evening I told Msgr. Rossi I wanted to be received into the Catholic Church, and he agreed to join Callista as my sponsor. Under his tutelage, I studied the Catechism of the Church over the next year and was received into the Church in March of 2009 in a beautiful Mass at St. Joseph's on Capitol Hill.

After a decade-long -- perhaps lifelong -- faith journey, I was finally home.