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.
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