This book is the outcome of the life-long teaching and research experience of its author in Catholic Institutions. Specifically designed for non-native English readers it offers a thorough overview of the amazing history of the Catholic Church in Asia. Inspired by intellectual, spiritual and pastoral intentions it is meant as a tool helping students to:
• Handle the sources of Asian Church history;
• Master the knowledge of the main periods of Asian Christianity with their essential events,
in the framework of the world history;
• Analyze the historical documents in their context and content;
• Understand the present situation of Christianity in the main regions of the continent for
the hoped-for “new evangelization”.
It is divided into 6 chapters:
• Patristic and Byzantine Period: Oriental Churches;
• Muslim Period: Islam expansion and Christianity;
• Mongol Period: the Church in China;
• Discovering Period – New Asian routes: Portugal and Spain patronage, salient missionaries, Japan, Philippines, Propaganda fide, Vietnam and Chinese Rites Controversy;
• Western Empires Period: Netherlands, England and France; new missionaries in Asia; the Holy See and the Churches in Asia;
• Asian Churches after II World War and Vatican II: end of colonialism and the action of the Holy See until John Paul II.