CATHOLIC CULTURAL CENTERS

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"The synthesis between culture and faith is not only a requirement of the culture but also of  the faith, since a faith that does not become culture is a faith not fully accepted, not totally thought and not faithfully lived"

(St. John Paul II)

 

The Catholic Cultural Centers (CCC) offer the Church unique possibilities of presence and action in the field of Pastoral for Culture. In effect, they constitute “public forums” that, through creative dialogue, allow the wide dissemination of the Christian vision on diverse aspects and fields: men, women, family, work, economy, society, politics, international life, the environment, etc.

They are, therefore, places of meeting, of listening and debate, of respect and tolerance, that being well integrated in their own environment, can address some urgent and complex challenges, such as intercultural and interreligious dialogue and the inculturation of the faith itself.

The large number of CCCs existing in different parts of the world attests to their richness and importance. And it is that behind the generic term “Catholic Cultural Center” there are extremely diversified realities, characterized by multiple activities and interests which, mostly, respond to local needs and demands, in tune with the cultural and social traditions of each place. However, despite their diversity, there is no lack of common denominator: CCCs always have the essential purpose of putting the Christian faith in relation to the cultures of our time and all the phenomena linked to them. A relationship that develops through scientific research, study and the fine arts, and where all of this is moved and inspired by faith in Jesus Christ.

 

INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

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To strengthen the work undertaken some years ago with the CCCs, the Pontifical Council for Culture is now developing the project called: International Network of Catholic Cultural Centers. A restricted network, which allows the meeting and direct contact of the Council with the Centers, and between them at the same time, so that they may become promoters of shared initiatives in their own areas, and so that, taken as a point of reference, it is possible to reach to the other Centers in each country.


LIST OF MEMBERS

        Europe and the United States of America

        - Latin America

        - Oceania

WORLD DABABASE

We offer here a World Database, created some years ago. Initiative with which is intended to help improve the coordination and cooperation between the diferent CCCs around the world, to promote and encourage an increasingly intense dialogue between faith and cultures.