Vol 22 No 1 2015

Globalization and African Catholicism

Joseph Ogbonnaya


This paper argues that evangelization takes place within the context of globalization, the phenomenon that integrates the economic, cultural, social, political and religious dimensions of human existence towards improved standard of living for humanity. While acknowledging the potential dangers of globalization, especially the expanding income disparity, marginalization, secularization, consumerism, the tendency towards monoculturalism and imperialism, the author advocates daily personal encounter with the person of Jesus as the springboard of Christian spirituality. This paper concentrates on the impact of globalization on African Catholicism's appropriation of Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium for a new evangelization and recommends important changes in African Catholicism's way of being Church.