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INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE CENTENNIAL OF FATIMA

21ST - 24TH JUNE 2017

PAUL VI PASTORAL CENTRE SHRINE OF FATIMA

SCIENTIFIC FIELDS

1. FATIMA AND SOCIAL DYNAMICS

Based primarily on social sciences studies, this area aims at relating the phenomenon of Fatima with transversal themes from these sciences, such as popular religiosity, pilgrimage, votive practices, the shrine, languages, social media, etc. This is also the field for specific studies on Fatima and on initiatives related to Fatima in the whole world.

2. FATIMA IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF RELIGIOUS PHENOMENOLOGY

The approaches from this thematic field will be more of an anthropological or even psychological nature, tackling issues with relevance to the phenomenon of Fatima such as: religious experience (particularly of children); hierophanies; comparison to other phenomena; thaumaturgy; cognition.

3. HISTORY OF FATIMA

The aim of this field is to study themes connected to the history of Fatima, namely events and its protagonists, in the historic context, in its different scales, namely Portugal, Europe and the World. The development of historiographical studies not yet conducted, privileging the documentation of Fatima, is proposed.

4. MARIOLOGY IN THE WRITTEN SOURCES OF FATIMA

The aim of this field is to present specifically mariological studies, which relate topics of general Mariology to contributions that are present in the writings of Fatima, namely in the documental sources and in the minutes of the conferences, symposiums and congresses organized by the Shrine.

5. FATIMA AND THE PROPHETIC AND APOCALYPTICAL LANGUAGES

This field aims at studies that establish the relationship between the tradition (namely biblical) of the apocalyptic and prophetic literature and political theology, mainly in the context of the speech on peace, essentially from the contents of the documentation of Fatima. Studies that connect the language of Fatima, from the documentation, with this specific style of language will be of particular interest.

6. SPIRITUALITY AND THEOLOGY OF FATIMA

This field aims at an approach to the “Message of Fatima”, as well as to specific related practices, that articulates major themes of spirituality and theology: prayer, sacrifice, suffering, reparation, consecration, pilgrimage, cure, penance, Trinity, ecumenical spirituality, inter-religious dialogue, etc.

7. PRESENCES OF FATIMA, THROUGHOUT 100 YEARS

Taking into consideration the multiple impact of Fatima in various socio-ecclesiastical areas, this field aims at promoting the meeting between various disciplines that explore aspects of the presence of Fatima in different contexts, namely:

  • Theologico-practical studies of the impact on pastoral action: implementation
    of pastoral models; remarkable pastoral initiatives, etc.
  • Studies of the presence of Fatima in arts, as scenery and as protagonist.