Posted: October 31, 2016 - 3:50pm
The heart of the Tanzanian church is the jumuiya, or Small Christian Community. These communities are especially important in rural areas where there are no priests. They meet weekly, help to develop local lay-leaders, and provide needed support and hospitality in the community.
Posted: October 31, 2016 - 3:38pm
Tanzania is a country rich in eco-tourism, indigenous cultures, and diverse and dynamic religious traditions. About 30% of the population identify as Catholic, making it the largest Christian church in the country.
Posted: September 29, 2016 - 10:12am
In Naga, September is a time of intense religious and civic celebration organized around devotion to Bicol’s patron, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, who is endearingly referred to by her local devotees as Ina, or Mother. The feast is paired with the translation of the Divino Rostro for an extended celebration.
St. Patrick's Purgatory, Lough Derg
Posted: August 26, 2016 - 10:59am
The ancient pilgrimage site calls for its retreatants to complete prayer stations while barefoot, fasting, and without sleep for a 24-hour vigil. It taps a morally rigorous strain of Christianity that runs deep in Irish religious culture, even while religious practice is otherwise in sharp decline.
Obando: Fertility, Feasts and the Three Saints
Posted: August 4, 2016 - 12:55pm
Each year, Obando holds a three-day feast that draws people from throughout the country for Masses, long dancing processions through the streets, and frenzied devotion inside the church. The feast is known for its fertility dance that serves as a form of prayer for couples trying to conceive.
Corpus Domini in Camaiore
Posted: July 18, 2016 - 1:04pm
In Camaiore, a small city in Tuscany nestled between mountains and the sea, one of the highlights of the year is the feast of Corpus Domini, when townspeople come out to make and view brightly colored sawdust tappeti, or carpets, to line the route for a religious procession.
Posted: May 12, 2016 - 1:14pm
Maronite Catholicism encompasses a whole range of traditions and practices that give meaning and texture to the faith. The Qurbono,1 as the Maronite Mass is properly called, is the primary official form of prayer of the church, and a fundamental source of Maronite identity. It bears many similarities to other Eastern and Western Catholic liturgies, but has its own particular elements that make it distinctive.
Posted: May 9, 2016 - 2:59pm
The many Sunday liturgies at St. Paul's in Bergen aim to accommodate a very diverse array of parishioners, but also to bind them as one community, in a manner that is both Norwegian and Catholic.
Posted: May 9, 2016 - 10:35am
In the wake of a century-long of exodus from the traditional Maronite heartland, there are more Maronites living outside of Lebanon and Syria than in those lands.
Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 1:26pm
Across the Philippine archipelago, a tradition known as Flores de Mayo, a daily offering of flowers to Mary, the mother of Jesus, is observed throughout the month of May. Typically the celebration culminates with a Santacruzan, part beauty pageant and part religious feast that marks the finding of the True Cross by Reyna Elena, or the queen St. Helena.