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Ms Isabel Olizar

Research Student

Department: Theology

'Roman Catholic Church Perspectives on Religious Freedom in the Muslim World: a Study on Contemporary Religion in International Relations.'
The focus of my research is the embedding of religious freedom into the Roman Catholic Church in the period since the Second Vatican Council.  This will be explored from three perspectives:  the rethinking of Church teaching on religious freedom at Vatican II; the role of the modern papacy in expressing Church teaching on religious freedom in the context of a globalising Church; and religious freedom in the diplomatic relations of the Holy See.  This research into religious freedom in the Catholic Church’s ecclesiological and theological thought, as expressed by the modern papacy and by the Holy See’s diplomatic relations, will provide the foundations on which an original and contemporary analysis of Catholic perspectives on religious freedom in the Muslim world can be built, as a study on the role of contemporary religion in international relations.