African Pentecostals in Catholic Europe Hardback

The Politics of Presence in the Twenty-First Century

by Annalisa Butticci;

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African Pentecostals in Catholic Europe

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Italy has become a significant destination for migrants from Nigeria and Ghana. Along with suitcases and dreams, these Africans bring their own form of Christianity-Pentecostalism. At the heart of Annalisa Butticci's beautifully sculpted ethnography is a paradox. Pentecostalism, one of the most Protestant of Christian faiths, is driven by the same concern as Catholicism: real presence. In Italy, Pentecostals face harsh anti-immigrant sentiment and limited access to economic and social resources. At times, they find safe spaces to worship in Catholics churches, where a fascinating encounter unfolds. When Pentecostals watch Catholics engage with sacramental objects-relics, statues, works of art-they recognize the signs of what they consider the idolatrous religions of their ancestors. Catholics, in turn, view Pentecostal practices as a mix of African religions and Christian traditions. Yet despite their apparently irreconcilable differences and conflicts, they both share a deeply sensuous and material way to make the divine visible and tangible.
African Pentecostals in Catholic Europe offers an intimate glimpse at what happens when the world's two fastest growing Christian faiths come into contact, share worship space, and use analogous sacramental objects and images. And it explains how their seemingly antithetical practices and beliefs undergird a profound commonality.

African Pentecostals in Catholic Europe by Annalisa Butticci was published by Harvard University Press in April 2016. The ISBN for African Pentecostals in Catholic Europe is 9780674737099.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherHarvard University Press (April 2016)
Number of Pages186
Thickness20 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4375601
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