100 years after ‘Maximum Illud’: Mission in the Catholic Magisterium

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Bryan Lobo, SJ

 Bryan Lobo, SJ / Issue 2002 / 28 January 2020

To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the apostolic letter Maximum Illud, Pope Francis declared October 2019 as an Extraordinary Month of Mission. This gives us cause to review the missiological journey that the Catholic Church has made from the promulgation of Maximum Illud in 1919 to the promulgation of Evangelii Gaudium in 2013, an apostolic exhortation on the missionary activity of the Church in our times.

The methodology used in this paper is to present briefly the contents of the documents chosen,[1] bearing in mind the context in which they were written, discovering the changes, and thereby the development of the reflections of the Magisterium on Catholic mission.

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