Former prime minister Tony Blair has promised to "spend the rest of my life" uniting the world's religions
He said faith could be a "civilising force in globalisation", bringing people together to solve problems such as malaria and extreme poverty.
Mr Blair, who is now a peace envoy to the Middle East, told Time magazine that religious belief had given him "strength" while in power.
He is launching a "faith foundation" in New York on Friday.
Mr Blair, who recently converted to Catholicism, said: "Faith is part of our future, and faith and the values it brings with it are an essential part of making globalisation work."
His foundation will attempt to bring religions together to tackle global issues such as the UN's eight Millennium Development Goals, which range from eradicating extreme poverty to ensuring environmental sustainability.
One of its first priorities will be to fight the spread of malaria.
Mr Blair said: "If you got churches and mosques and those of the Jewish faith working together to provide the bed nets that are necessary to eliminate malaria, what a fantastic thing that would be.
"That would show faith in action, it would show the importance of cooperation between faiths, and it would show what faith can do for progress."
He added that it was possible to "achieve a greater understanding between the different religious faiths, so that we make platforms for action by those faiths and deal with some of the biggest issues in the world".
Let us pray that our Lord Jesus Christ will work through Former Prime Minister Tony Blair. I am extremely pleased to see the recent convert, Mr. Blair, pursing an active role in evangelization.
Laudetus Jesus Christus!
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