• Accademic Unit
    Faculty of Missiology
  • Course
    Certificate Program

Scope: The course will study the context and content often landmark magisterial documents on the missions and mission. The significance of these documents will be clarified by situating them within the historical contexts of the modernmissionary movement, beginning in the nineteenth century until the Second World War; the event of the Second Vatican Council; and the contemporary reality of world Christianityand the postconciliar Roman Catholic Church.Continuity, change, and development will be noted, particularly with regard to the understanding of the cultural and religious Other and the theology of mission and the missions. Content: There will be three main parts. The first part will examine key papal documents on missions before the Second Vatican Council: Probe Nostis (1840, Gregory XVI); Sancta Dei Civitas (1880, Leo XIII); Maximum Illud (1919, Benedict XV); Rerum Ecclesiae (1926, Pius XI); Evangelii Praecones (1951) and Fidei Donum (1957, Pius XII); Princeps Pastorum (1959, John XIII). The second section will focus on the decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity of the Second Vatican Council, Ad Gentes (1965). The final section turns to three important post-conciliar papal documents, which deepen and develop essential points in Ad Gentes: Evangelii Nuntiandi (1975, Paul VI); Redemptoris Missio (1990, John Paul II); and Evangelii Gaudium (2013, Francis). Method: Each student is expected to read the primary texts, that is, the ten papal or conciliar texts mentioned above. Weekly class time will involve lectures on the historical background and theological/missiological content of the documents, with discussion and reflection on the part of the students. Evaluation: A final integration paper, reflecting on the elements of change, continuity, and development in the documents studied, will be required.


  • Semestre: 2° Semestre
  • ECTS: 3


Daniel Patrick HUANG

Lesson schedule

Semester Day From To Room Floor Building Notes
2° Semestre Venerdì 8.30 9.15 TBD 0
2° Semestre Venerdì 9.30 10.15 TBD 0


  • S. BEVANS AND J. GROS, Evangelization and Religious Freedom: Ad Gentes, Dignitatis Humanae, New York, 2009; W. BURROWS (ed.), Redemption and Dialogue: Reading Redemptoris Missio and Dialogue and Proclamation, New York, 1993; CONGREGAZIONE PER L’EVANGELIZZAZIONE DEI POPOLI, A Dieci Anni dall’Enciclica Redemptoris Missio, Roma, 2001; L’Esortazione Apostolica di Paulo VI “Evangelii Nuntiandi”: Storia, Contenuti, Ricezione, Brescia, 1998; G. MANNION (ed.), Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism: Evangelii Gaudium and the Papal Agenda, Cambridge, 2017.

Lecture notes

This course does not have handouts


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