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  • Minority Peoples of the Lancang River Valley
    Posted: January 22, 2016 - 3:57pm

    In a remote corner of the world where few outsiders would ever expect to find Catholic communities, Tibetan, Naxi and Lisu peoples practice the faith in villages along the high altitude river valleys close to the borders of Burma and Tibet.

  • Death, Mourning & Afterlife
    Posted: January 18, 2016 - 4:52pm

    Even those who were born into a Catholic family but are now skeptical of all Catholic doctrines, never go to church, and never pray, will give a Catholic funeral to their parents.

  • Introduction
    Posted: January 18, 2016 - 2:33pm

    Despite occasional conflicts between church and state, Catholicism has long enjoyed a very privileged position in Argentinian culture, where the overwhelming majority of people are Catholic, at least by virtue of baptism.

  • Family Life
    Posted: December 18, 2015 - 2:11pm

    The contours of family life in China are shaped by three especially important factors: the traditional and very powerful Confucian and Buddhist tenets of filial piety, the decades-long “one child” state policy, and the shift to an urban, capitalist economy.

  • Charismatic Practice
    Posted: December 10, 2015 - 11:06am

    In Argentina, 20 percent of Catholics identify as charismatic. While the proportion of charismatics is low compared to the rest of Latin America, it is still significant.

  • Difunta Correa, Unofficial Saint
    Posted: December 4, 2015 - 3:07pm

    Difunta Correa is a popular, though unofficial, saint with roots in the Argentine civil wars. Her story speaks of both tragedy and motherly protection and determination.

  • Gauchito Gil, Unofficial Saint
    Posted: December 4, 2015 - 2:23pm

    Gauchito Gil is not officially recognized as a Christian saint, but many Catholics here do regard him as a reliable intercessor. Prayers and homages to him at his shrines regularly ask his protection, and he is regarded as a kind of Robin Hood figure who protects the poor and vulnerable in the face of a world that would trample them.  

  • Mary and the Saints
    Posted: December 3, 2015 - 3:10pm

    It is difficult to overstate the role of Marian devotion in Argentine Catholicism. One of the most remarkable elements of Argentine devotion is the proliferation and salience of local advocaciones, titles or appearances under which Mary is invoked.

  • Virgen del Cerro
    Posted: November 23, 2015 - 3:59pm

    On a hilltop in Salta, devotees visit a sanctuary for the Virgen del Cerro, who regularly appears to an intermediary there. People come for peace, spiritual connection and healing.

  • San Expedito
    Posted: November 23, 2015 - 11:15am

    In much of northern Argentina, San Expedito stands out as one of the most popular saints for poor people. In San Miguel de Tucumán, devotees line the block to visit his statue on the 19th of every month.


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