From the Boston Pilot:
Hundreds prepare to enter the Church with Rite of Election
"MALDEN -- Nearly 500 people preparing to enter the Church at Easter
gathered at Immaculate Conception Parish in Malden March 10 for the Rite
of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. These ceremonies were
one of the last steps for catechumens, who had never been baptized, and
candidates, who are Christian but not Catholic, in their preparation to
enter the Catholic Church.
"One of the catechumens from Mission Church was Ahmed Salem, who has a
Muslim background. He came to the United States from Egypt, where, he
said, he saw churches explode "on (a) weekly basis," yet Christians
continued to meet.
"The model of love and peace they showed was amazing for me. So I was curious," Salem said."