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Rafael Luciani

associate professor of the practice

Rafael Luciani

Contact Information | 617-552-8290


B.A., B.S., S.T.B., S.T.L. S.T.D. (Pontifical Gregorian University)

Areas of Interest

Systematic Theology, Latin American Theology of the People, Social Christology, Faith and Politics, and Methods in Theology


Rafael was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a Latin American lay theologian. Among his administrative responsibilities, he has been Director of the School of Theology and Coordinator for the creation of the Theology Area of the General Graduate Studies at the Jesuit`s Catholic University Andrés Bello in Caracas. He has also been head of the Pontifical academic committee for evaluating and redesigning the Theology Pensum of the Ecclesiastical Faculty, being appointed by the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. He was a visiting professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, the Universität Wien in Austria, and Boston College (MA).

Among his past teachings are Biblical and Dogmatic Christology with several published works in the field of origins of Christianity, mystery of God and the relationship between theology and Latin American politics. Most recently he has been researching and teaching Latin American theology of the people and the use of the method of the signs of the times, studying the different approaches to theology and culture in Latin America, Europe and the U.S.. His newspaper columns and interviews on political theology are broadly followed in the international media: America Magazine, El Universal, Aleteia Roma, Teología Hoy and Radio Vaticana.

Currently, he is Titular (Full Professor) at the Jesuit`s Catholic University Andrés Bello in Caracas. He also holds the equivalent position of Stabile at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome; and Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Theology and Ministry of Boston College. Pastorally, he serves Hispanic immigrants in the Boston Area and Latin American popular communities based in Caracas, offering formation, Gospel reading Groups, talks and spiritual accompaniment. Due to his international experience and language skills, he is available to accompany people and follow academic researches in Spanish, English, Italian and German.

Current Courses

Fall 2017
Mystery of Trinity (TMST7178)

Spring 2018
Eschatology & Kingdom of God (TMST8087)

Recent Publications


"La Teología del Pueblo y el Papa Francisco". Editorial PPC. Madrid, Spain (2016).

"Regresar a Jesús de Nazaret". Editorial PPC. Madrid, Spain (2014).

"Al estilo de Jesús: una propuesta para tiempos de crisis". Editorial PPC. Madrid, Spain (2015).


“Conocer a Dios y al ser humano a través de la vida de Jesús de Nazaret, el Hijo del Padre. Aportes del XXXI Concilio Ecuménico Vaticano II” in ITER Teología 57-58 (2012). (Caracas)

“Iglesia y Estado” in Suma del Pensar Venezolano. Fundación Empresas Polar, Caracas 2013, 243-378.

"Language, Otherness and Enablement of Human Bonds. Ethical Primacy of the Other in the Era of Communication" in Negotiating Religious Visibility in Digital Media, Ediciones Blanquerna, Universidat Ramon Llul, Barcelona (Spain) 23-33.

"The itinerant fraternity of Jesus: Christological discernment of the migration drama" in Living With(out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics on the Migrations of Peoples. Orbis Books, New York 2016.

"Los signos de los tiempos como criterio hermenéutico fundamental del quehacer teológico" en Attualidade Teologica 52 (2016) 37-57. (Brasil)

"La opción teológico-pastoral del Papa Francisco" en Perspectiva Teológica 48 (2016) 81-115. (Brasil)

"La opción teológico-pastoral del pontificado de Francisco" en Razón y Fe 273 (2016) 459-471. (España)

“El discernimiento de Jesús como pobre de Yahveh e hijo de la tierra” en Theologica Xaveriana 182 (2016) (Colombia).