<< Back to the Resources page. 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
- 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 Christianity – Yale 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.
- John Paul II – Ecclesia in Africa (1995)
- The Catholic Church in Africa
- Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar
- Dictionary of African Christian Biography
- CEAC: Centre for Early African Christianity
3. ASIA / AUSTRALIA
- FABC – Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences
- FABC Papers: A large collection of research papers on the Catholic Church in Asia
- Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia (Trinity College, Singapore)
- Documentation of Christianity in Asia Consortium
- CSCA Source Documents on the Study of Christianity in Asia (largely focussed on the history of Protestant missions)
- East Asian Pastoral Institute: Catholic research and formation centre focused on Asia and Pacific regions.
- 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 Database The 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
- Catholic Church in Japan Today: Useful overview of current and historical developments by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan.
- Lista dei Siti cattolici in Italia: List of sites (Italian) for the study of Catholicism
- United Kingdom
5. LATIN AMERICA
- CELAM – Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano: The international episcopal council for Latin America, located in Bogata, Columbia. The conference provides valuable studies and resource material on Latin American Catholicism — see its publication centre. CELAM’s famous Medellin Conference (1968) produced a number of important and widely debated documents in Catholic social teaching including: Justice, Poverty of the Church, and Peace.
- Directorio Catolica: Hub for Catholic internet resources in Spanish (news, academic, ecclesiastical, spiritual, etc.).
- History of Catholicism in Hispano-America: Wikipedia overview of the Catholic Church in Latin America.
- History of the Church in Latin America – J. Schwaller (2011): Available to McGill library users.
- AICA – Agencia Informativa Católica Argentina: AICA is the national Catholic news service for Argentina.
- CEA – Conferencia Episcopal Argentina: Argentina conference of Catholic bishops.
- CNJP – La Comisión Nacional de Justicia y Paz: The National Commission for Justice and Peace focuses on issues of social justice. It works on the Argentina conference of Catholic Bishops.
- CERIS – Centro de Estatistica Religiosa e Investigações Sociais: Centre for Religious Statistics and Social Research for Catholicism in Brazil
- CEFEB – Centro Nacional de Fé e Política: National centre for lay formation — Brazilian Conference of Bishops
- MEB – Movimento de Educação de Base: Base community Catholic education movement
6. NORTH AMERICA
- CCCB / CECC: Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops / La Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada
- Canadian Catholic Universities, Colleges and Seminaries (English)
- Universités, collèges et séminaires Catholiques (Français)
- United States
- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers resources on the Catholic social teaching and its relevance to public policy debates in the U.S. (see: Issues and Action)
- Catholic Universities and Colleges in the United States
- Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism: Conferences, research and publications exploring Catholicism’s diverse manifestations in American contexts.
- Francis and Ann Curran Centre for American Catholic Studies: Conferences, research and publications exploring Catholicism in the American context.