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Hong Kong to hold symposium on Propaganda Fide's 400th anniversary

The Jesuit-run Centre for Catholic Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong will have a symposium on Propaganda Fide's 400th anniversary on August 24-26.

The keynote speaker will be Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect of Propaganda Fide (also known as the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples).

Anyone who is interested needs to register to participate through Zoom. The time of the webinar is 15:00–19:45 (Hong Kong time). The webinar will be in English.

Propaganda Fide was established on January 6, 1622, by Pope Gregory XV, and the year 2022 is the commemoration of its 400th anniversary.

Its founding allowed the Holy See to govern the dioceses in the Far East directly rather than through states, such as Spain and Portugal. Its significance extends over the fields of evangelization, communication, science, and cultural exchange.

In 1967, Propaganda Fide was renamed the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

In 2022, Pope Francis introduces the reform of the Roman Curia, which has at its heart the conversion of the Church to being a missionary.

The newly restructured Dicastery for Evangelization will embrace the mission "ad gentes" (to nations) as well as the new evangelization of peoples who have already encountered the Gospel.

The Dicastery for Evangelization is a powerful Roman Curia, or Pope’s Cabinet, in the Vatican.

To mark this significant anniversary, the Centre for Catholic Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as a platform of academic exchanges among scholars of Catholic Studies, is co-organizing an international symposium with the Macau Ricci Institute to study the effects of this pivotal establishment in Church and world history, as well as lessons to sustain the Church’s missionary journey.

The Macau Ricci Institute is a nonprofit study and research institution dedicated to fostering better mutual understanding between China and the world. 


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