- John L. Allen Jr.
- March 26, 2017
A March 22-25 summit of African Catholic leaders in Rome was far too complex to summarize, but perhaps the best stab at a big-picture take-away is that it marked the launch of ‘African Catholicism 2.0’: More universally oriented, more honest about itself, and more balanced in its judgment of the ‘other.’READ MORE
Because of demographics, the way that major global issues play out there, and the emergence of a new generation of Catholic leaders, Africa is destined to be where the Catholic future is forged in the early 21st century, meaning that an ‘African moment’ is upon the Church.READ MORE
Right now, geopolitical analysts and anti-terrorism experts may not see anti-Christian persecution around the world as a real security risk, in part because Christians tend not to fight back. Africa, and Nigeria in particular, illustrates that you can’t count on such forbearance enduring forever.READ MORE
If Pope Francis does indeed go to Egypt to visit Al-Azhar, he may need to make sure that any detente with the Sunni Muslim center includes clear insistence that the country’s Christian minority must be protected. Otherwise, local Christians may see the visit as providing cover for their persecution.READ MORE
Today marks Francis’s four-year anniversary as pope, what Americans might think of as the end of his ‘first term.’ Looking back, the last four years seem a story of some clear papal wins, a few mixed verdicts, and several incomplete grades.READ MORE
Its impact may be deep and wide-ranging, but the essence of the Francis reform, clearly visible after four years, is a re-focussing on the Church’s pastoral mission to humanity. It is a program made in Latin America, that is summoning the Church to a ‘pastoral conversion’.READ MORE