The Journal Orientis Aura: Macau Perspectives in Religious Studies is published by the Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy of the University of Saint Joseph in Macau. In 2006 the University, known at that time as Inter University Institute of Macau (IIUM), launched a Master Degree in Religious Studies and later, a Bachelor degree.  It was the beginning of a complex process which result was the relaunching of the Catholic Theological Studies in Macau. Orientis Aura is an important milestone of this process that hopefully will be a major contribution to Macau towards the enhancement of the study and research within the field of Religious Studies.


Current IssueNo 5 (2020): Maximum Illud

Published April 14, 2023

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A year after the cessation of the Great War, on November 30, 1919, Pope Benedict XV issued an Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, the first great Catholic missiological document in the twentieth century. Having identified that there had been missionaries prioritize their nationalist interest over the evangelical one (no. 20), the pope sets as one of his goals to uproot such an attitude in the Catholic missions (no. 19). In order to ensure that the Catholic mission would not be perceived as something foreign on the missionary soil (no. 16), the document encourages the training of local clergy (no. 14), not merely as assistants to the foreign missionaries but to act as equals (no. 15), with the expectation that a local bishop would eventually be set in place (no. 17). As summarized b... More

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