Global Catholicism

<< Back to the Resources page. RIO CHRIST With over 1.16 billion members, the Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the world. Demographically Catholicism, like many other religions, is becoming an increasingly global phenomenon.  Catholics living in Europe and North America now represent a minority of the global Catholic community.  The expanding majority of the global Catholic population resides in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

For current events and news on Catholicism in a global context see the Media /  News resource page. 

                    1. General Resources
                    2. Africa
                    3. Asia
                    4. Europe
                    5. Latin America
                    6. North America



  • Global Catholicism – Demographics    Study by the Pew Foundation on the expansion and demographics of global Catholicism.
  • Links to Episcopal Conferences Around the World:  In addition to national conferences, this list also includes links to regional or international episcopal federations. National episcopal conferences can provide a useful source of information and documentation on national and international concerns in contemporary Catholicism.
  • Mission and World ChristianityYale University Divinity School, links to diverse internet resources on mission and global Christianity.  The focus is primarily on Protestant Christianity, but there is some information on the missionary expansion of Catholicism.
  • New Catholic Encyclopedia (NCE): The NCE offers an array of overview articles on the history and nature of Catholicism in various countries and regions of the world –this link is only available to McGill Library users.
  • The Next Christendom – The Coming of Global Christianity (Jenkins, 2002): Well-known study on the globalization of Christianity.  Available to McGill library users.





    • China
        • Ricci 21st Roundable on the History of Christianity in China:   A valuable set of research tools for Christianity/Catholicism in China.  Matteo Ricci was an early Jesuit missionary to China.
        • Center on Religion and Chinese Society (Purdue):   The Center provides a helpful Resource section for the study of religion and Christianity in China that covers Chinese government legislation, NGOs, academic centers, etc.
        • Global China Center:  Global China Center (GCC) is an academic and research institution devoted to the study of China, its history, society, and people, with special regard toward Christianity in China.
        • Chinese Christian Texts DatabaseThe Chinese Christian Texts Database (CCT-Database) is a research database of primary and secondary sources concerning the cultural contacts between China and Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (from 1582 to ca. 1840). The cultural contacts comprise documents in the various fields of cultural interaction: religion, philosophy, science, art, etc.
        • Jesuit China Missions: (Wikipedia article)
        • Chinese Patriotic Association: An association set up in 1957 under the auspices of the Chinese government to supervise the activities of Catholics in China.  The CPA consecrates bishops without the approval of the Pope.  Some bishops are informally recognized by the Vatican.
        • The Catholic Church in China: What’s Next?  Rome Reports, July 29, 2015
    • Japan




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