The Other Christian South
By 2025, a date less distant than the span of Pope John Paul II’s reign, the largest group of the world’s 2.6 billion Christians will be living in Latin America.
The source: “Believing in the Global South” by Philip Jenkins, in First Things, Dec. 2006.
When Jesus promised that his church would last until the end of time, he didn’t suggest that it might not move. The southward shift of Christianity’s center of gravity has been recognized for some time, but how long it has been predicted, and to what effect, is surprising.
St. Vincent de Paul, writing about 1640, in the midst of the Thirty...