JoMaCC Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity

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Articolo | Between Repression and Defence

Between Repression and Defence


In post-World War II Yugoslavia, the issue of relations with the Communist state becomes central to the Catholic episcopate. The defence of the ecclesial presence and the preservation of the faith in the face of the repression carried out with force by the political authorities is a dominant aspect in the relationes sent by the bishops to the Holy See. In the complex and articulated Yugoslav reality, where different religious and national identities are intertwined and oppose each other, the bishops note that religious sentiment is still quite alive among the faithful, even in a political-social context dominated by socialist materialism, sustained by the state, and in this, the first instances of a kind of practical materialism also appear.

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Presentato: 03 Settembre 2022 | Accettato: 02 Novembre 2022 | Pubblicato 13 Dicembre 2022 | Lingua: en

Keywords MaterialismReligious practiceNational identityAnti-religious repressionCommunismRelationes ad liminaYugoslavia

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