Más allá del edificio sacro: arquitectura y evangelización vol:3 pages:96-105
Actas del Congreso Internacional de Arquitectura Religiosa Contemporánea
Beyond the Sacred Building. Architecture and Evangelization. 3rd International Conference on Contemporary Religious Architecture location:Seville, Spain date:14-16/11/2013
In the aftermath of World War II, twelve million Germans were forced to seek refuge elsewhere in their country. Their sort attracted the attention of Catholic charities such as the Eastern Priests Relief Organization, which provided material and spiritual assistance through a fleet of mobile chapels. This paper claims that this action was a genuinely ‘modern’ form of missionary work in the sense that both its method and message were a child of its time: dwelling on a culture of generalized mobility and mass communication, it spread the word of a triumphalist church claiming moral superiority over other world views, in particular communism. Moreover,
the chapel trucks anticipated a fundamental paradigm shift in pastoral care, bringing the church to the people rather than the other way around.