After a long wait, the COMIUCAP MANILA MMXX will finally be held 16-18 November 2022. Since 2022 is World Congress year, an event held once every four years, we are happy that the event will now be called COMIUCAP WORLD CONGRESS MANILA 2022.

The COMIUCAP World Congress MANILA 2022 will be hosted by the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines on 16-18 November 2022. Because of the uncertainties brought by the pandemic, the Congress will adopt a hybrid/hyflex mode of meeting, where the speakers and attendees may participate according to their preferences either online or at the venue.

The theme of the Congress remains as originally conceived and so we wish to refresh the original rationale for the Call for Papers to new applicants:

It is evident in the history of the Catholic Church how both faith and reason have been instrumental in the conversion of Rome and its eventual triumph in Europe, from which it has spread across the world through both cross and sword. Yet the dawn of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) provided the opportunity for ecumenism with Orthodox Churches and Protestantism, but more so it laid down guidelines for possible interfaith and intercultural dialogue with the immense cultural and intellectual heritages of the East particularly the great traditions of Asia. This marked a movement in evangelization from cross and sword to the opportunity of listening to the other culture.

Since the closing of Vatican II in 1965, numerous publications have been focused especially on the theme of dialogue. These include Fides et Ratio, Ad Gentes: Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church, Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions, Evangelii Nuntiandi: Dialogue in Mission, and Redemptoris Missio: Dialogue and Proclamation, among others.

Coincidentally, the University of Santo Tomas convenes this Congress as part of the 500th year Jubilee of the Christianization of the Philippines. In view of all these, we invite scholars to reflect on the engagement of faith, reason, and dialogue in today’s world, particularly in the rich opportunity of listening to cultures from the East. The conference is open, but not limited, to the following themes:


• Success of evangelization of the West

• Attempts at evangelizing Asia

• Evangelizing after the Second Vatican Council

• Christianity in Asia

• 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines

• Tracking the Future of Asian Evangelization

• Rapprochement of the Vatican and China

• Assessing the status of Christianity in Asia

• Resolution of the Rites Controversy and the Future of Christianity in China

• Theologizing in the Asian context

• Prospects for Asian Christianity in the Digital Age


• Impact of Western Philosophy to the Fathers and the Doctors of the Church

• Philosophy’s Ancillary Role to Theology in Asia

• Impact of Religion to Doing Philosophy Today

• Reason in Eastern Cultures and Philosophies

• Philosophy and Culture in Asia

• Indian Philosophy and Christian Philosophy

• Chinese Philosophy and Christian Philosophy

• Revisiting the East-West Philosophy Encounter


• Role of dialogue in spreading the faith

• Ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue

• Chinese culture in dialogue with Christian faith

• Indian culture in dialogue with Christian faith

• Dialogue between religion and politics

• Christianity as cultural meeting point

• East-West Dialogue of Faith and Reason

• Challenges to Dialogue in Asia

• The Problem of Dialogue of Faith and Reason

• Filipino Culture in Dialogue with Christian Faith

Abstracts for contribution that meet the conference aims are welcomed for parallel presentations. We also accept proposals from philosophical and theological associations and other intellectual groups for roundtable discussions. Plenary speakers are solely by invitation.

The official languages of the conference will be French, English, and Spanish. It is however urged that papers not written in English be accompanied by an English abstract to be attached to the final paper.

We are open to non-traditional presentation formats, but we encourage the proponent to clearly specify the intended composition, content, and mode of participation stipulated in the proposal. The proposal is subject to evaluation before it will be allowed for presentation at the event.

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