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HI-Touch Pastoral Approach in the 21st Century

A response to the problem of insufficient organic link between faith and daily life in Nigeria


Sylvester Ajunwa

«Human Integrated Touch» (HI-Touch) is a pastoral care approach that could be a response to the lingering problems of Christianity marred by an insufficient organic link between faith and daily life in Nigeria. Arguing for an integrated approach to humans and the human condition, the study presents the HI-Touch as a form of pastoral care that is not only based on religious affiliations, but also on human authentic values vis-a vis an authentic Christian faith in a dynamic society. The growth of atheism in modern societies is not only a conceptual denial of the existence of God but an elimination of God from the affairs of man. The right way to overcome this is through a new order of human relations that calls for love, mutual respect, hospitality, empathy, communion, and dialogue with one another in all human situations.
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Chapter Three: The Catholic Church in the 21st Century


Chapter Three:  The Catholic Church1 in the 21st Century

In the conclusion of his Apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, (NMI) a letter addressed to bishops, priests, deacons, religious men and women and all the lay faithful at the close of the great Jubilee in the year 2000, Pope John Paul II observed that “a new millennium is opening before the Church like a vast ocean upon which we shall all venture….” (NMI.58). In the second chapter of this work we analyzed the impact of fluidity and mobility as some of the remarkable features in the global movement. Fluidity and mobility are also part of the characteristic features of an ocean. By implication, one could interpret the use of ocean by John Paul II to describe the new millennium as referring to the force of fluidity and mobility inherent in the socio-cultural transformations in the 21st century. The implication in reference to the Church is that what happens in the social arena spills over, over flows and drenches the Church and Christian practices. In a further remark, Pope John Paul II observed, that “we are entering a millennium which already shows signs of being marked by a profound interweaving of cultures and religions” (NMI.36). This interweaving of cultures and religions is vividly shown in the interconnectedness that is the much favoured, promoted and celebrated event of the millennium. This connectivity is advanced by modern communication and transportation technologies that have compressed the sense of space and time. It is...

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