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Migrant Hearts and the Atlantic ReturnTransnationalism and the Roman Catholic Church$
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Valentina Napolitano

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267484

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267484.001.0001

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Catholic Humanitas

(p.1) Introduction
Migrant Hearts and the Atlantic Return

Valentina Napolitano

Fordham University Press

The introduction explains themes of being Catholic and a Latin American transnational migrant through an eye to the entrenched anxiety in the Catholic Church about the never-ending project of full conversion of the Americas. In Rome, Mexican and Latin American nation-state memories and affective returns of religious histories are, on one hand, harvested by conservative streams of the Catholic Church producing re-narrativisations of martyrdoms and of a Church under attack. On the other hand, migrant devotional practices and socialities in Rome engender new possibilities for a migrant Catholic presence that shapes Catholicism in new directions, from the Catholic Church’s Christocentric catechism toward the New Evangelization and conceptions of Catholicism based on notions of European civilization.

Keywords:   affects, Atlantic Return, Catholic church, colonialism, gender, history, Latin America, transnational migration, Vatican

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