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Migrations in the nature and mission of the Church. Basic attitudes and specific theological challenges

Edvard Punda orcid id ; Katolički bogoslovni fakultet Sveučilišta u Splitu, Split, Hrvatska
Darko Rapić orcid id ; Katolički bogoslovni fakultet Sveučilišta u Splitu, Split, Hrvatska

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str. 551-566

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One of the great phenomena of today's world, and thus one of the great challenges facing the Church, is migration. This article tries to think theologically about this phenomenon, about the meaning it has for the Church, and about particular challenges that migration poses to theology. First it is presented how the Church has taken this phenomenon seriously throughout its history. However, it is impossible to cover the whole range of the Church's activities in this area. It is the same when one wants to show all the interventions of the magisterium and the theological perspectives of the approach to migration. Therefore, here we briefly present the most important documents of church teaching, and the prominent place that migrations have in the pontificate of Pope Francis. Then, in the second part, an attempt is made to show how the phenomenon of migration is in the very nature of the Church, since she is a traveling and missionary Church. These two dimensions, although different, are inseparable. The Church is not only directed towards migrants but she is permanently migrating if she is always on the way to her final completion in heavenly glory. It is also migratory if the mission of Christ's disciples is to go to all nations, but also if the faith of Christ's disciples implies a lasting inner exodus. The third part tries to give our own understanding of the peculiarities of theological thinking about migration, which is described through two perspectives, dogmatic and evangelizing. Finally, the conclusion summarizes the importance of migration for the faith and the Church, and shows what kind of theology the phenomenon of migration requires.

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migrations; migrants; Church; Pope Francis; theological perspective; evangelization

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