Rev Jude Mbukanma OP PhD


Focus on Africa and the Global South in Light of Vatican II and Evangelii Gaudium of Pope Francis

Thursday, October 1- Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Marquette University

Conference Theme: Africa and the Global South: How Will the Reforms of Pope Francis Affect the Growth of the Church?

The growth of Christianity in non-Western cultural traditions amplifies the demographic shift of Christianity from the Northern to the Southern Hemispheres. While there are various interpretations of this phenomenon, the one common area of agreement is the need to speak of World Christianity.  In the Catholic Church no movement or renewal has fostered the spread of World Christianity more than the landmark event of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. The Council took place at a time when many Churches of LaFricAsia (Latin America, Africa, and Asia) were in transition from European rule to political self-determination, and leadership of these churches was passing from Western European missionaries to indigenous leaders. The documents of Vatican Council II truly transformed the Church, especially in Africa, which experienced an astronomical increase in converts because of the council.

In light of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, this conference will ask questions such as how the council has impacted the Catholic churches in LaFricAsia, and what is African Christianity contributing to the implementation of council documents, among many others.

This discussion is significant because it allows the global community to come together and look back at the last 50 years, and make plans for the future growth of Christianity in Africa, particularly when presented with the challenges of globalization. The Conference hopes to helping the Church realize its mission in the modern world.

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