« Faith, Reason, Dialogue: Listening to Asia »

Originally scheduled for 2020 and then adjourned among the uncertainties caused by the pandemic associated with COVID-19 to 2021, we are happy to announce that the next World Congress and General Assembly of COMIUCAP will take place at the University Santo Tomas, Manila (Philippines), from November 16-18/19 of 2022. We take into consideration that fact that in the history of the Catholic Church both Faith and Reason have been instrumental in the conversion of Rome and its eventual triumph in Europe, from which it has spread across the world through both cross and sword. Yet the dawn of the Second Vatican Council (Vat. II) provided the opportunity for ecumenism with Orthodox Churches and Protestantism, but more so it laid down guidelines for possible interfaith and intercultural dialogue with the immense cultural and intellectual heritages of the East particularly the great traditions of Asia. This marked a movement in evangelization from cross and sword to the opportunity of listening to the other culture. We also recall that 2022 marks the 57th anniversary since the closing of Vat. II and that since then numerous documents have focused especially on the theme of dialogue: Fides et Ratio, Ad Gentes: Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church, Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions, Evangelii Nuntiandi: Dialogue in Mission, and Redemptoris Missio: Dialogue and Proclamation, among others. As from the beginning the University of Santo Tomas intended to convene this conference in anticipation of the 500th year Jubilee of the Christianization of the Philippines in 2021, COMIUCAP intends to gather in the Philippines in the spirit of listening to the voices of Asia as the world pursues goals of justice and peace for all. Thus, we invite Scholars from all continents to reflect on the engagement of faith, reason, and dialogue in today’s world, particularly as our gathering at UST in Manile will be rich opportunity for listening and interacting with cultures other than our own. – For further information, please, click here.