Catholicism and Globalization

This multi-year project will serve to shed new light on the global transformation of Catholicism from the early modern era to the present and on the different dynamics of the general processes of globalization when viewed through the prism of the Church and its historical development in the region. The project follows the Jesuits and Globalization project in distinguishing these dynamics through three key phases—the early modern phase before Western hegemony, the modern Western hegemonic phase from the industrial and democratic revolutions to the 1960s, and the pluralist and decentered contemporary global age after Western hegemony. In each of these phases, the globalization of Catholicism assumed different yet parallel characteristics and dynamics in different regions of the world. The project will unfold in three phases over the coming years, each with a focus on a particular region: Asian-Pacific Catholicism and Globalization (2016-2018), Latin American Catholicism and Globalization (2018-2020), and African Catholicism and Globalization (2020-2022).

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