The history of the Catholic Church in Chile has been treated from multiple perspectives, both by ecclesiastical historians and civilians. Equally varied are the themes addressed by those authors, which reflect the cross-cutting nature of the incidence and influence of the Church in different spheres of national life both in the Hispanic period, the process of independence and its Republican life. This article sets out the main contributions that Chilean historiography has provided to the history of the Church in the last fifty years, according to a selection of topics such as education, the world of ideas, evangelisation and missions, religious congregations, clergy, popular religiosity, Chilean saints and relations with the State.
- Chile: twentieth and twenty-forts centuries
- Chilean historiography
- History of the church