He explained that the Church was preparing for a reform in the 17th century. “After the Council of Trent (16th century), the Church was more concerned with the inner renewal of Christendom, as well expanding the Church.”
Johnpillai explains how many people became Protestants after the Reformation of the 16th Century.
The Reformation was also triggered by the dissolution of Eastern Churches, like the Orthodox Church. This highlighted the need for both inner renewal and expansion in the Church. In 1622, Pope Gregory XVI founded the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.
Johnpillai also gave an overview of the current work of the congregation and offered some insight into its global reach.
Johnpillai explained that this particular dicastery was previously known as “Propaganda Fide” and is responsible for looking after the new churches, especially in Africa, Asia and certain territories in America, Oceania. “All together, we have 1,117 dioceses or archdioceses and vicariates/prefectures around the globe.”
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