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  • Pilgrims for the Señor y Virgen del Milagro
    Posted: November 20, 2015 - 2:26pm

    Pilgrims play a large and communal role in the feast of Señor y Virgen del Milagro, held in Salta, Argentina September 13-15 each year. As many as 60,000 pilgrims walk, bike, or ride by horseback from farmlands and desert towns all over the province and beyond

  • Feast of Señor y Virgen del Milagro
    Posted: November 20, 2015 - 11:06am

    The feast of Señor y Virgen del Milagro — the Lord and Virgin of the Miracle — celebrated in Salta, Argentina, is by far the biggest religious gathering in Argentina, and perhaps the largest annual Catholic assembly on the continent. The days leading up to this grand procession are full of powerful moments of solidarity that seem to unite the whole city.

  • Migration & Immigration
    Posted: November 9, 2015 - 10:04am

    China is said to be in the midst of the largest internal migration in history, as rural villagers flood into large urban areas in search of the jobs now available in construction and export manufacturing. As young people leave their tight-knit, majority-Catholic villages, it remains to be seen how their religious practice will be affected.

  • Introduction
    Posted: November 6, 2015 - 1:42pm

    Among ordinary Catholics, religious practice is flourishing and evolving in a variety of fascinating ways, as the Chinese Catholics find their place in the larger Catholic world and discern how to respond to so many changes in Chinese society.

  • Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico
    Posted: October 7, 2015 - 11:33am


    Many shrines and basilicas in Mexico are cluttered with petitionary and votive offerings of Catholic devotees seeking or paying gratitude for miracles. These devotees apply human and supernatural attributes to certain sacred images, such as the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Lord of Chalma, and the Virgin of San Juan de los Lagos, that they say have the power to perform miracles. Believers write letters, provide documents and photos, pin up clothing, hair and braids, or create collages or other objects that either ask for miracles or give thanks for miracles received.

  • Holy Week & Easter
    Posted: August 24, 2015 - 9:54am

    In Izalco, in Western El Salvador, the confraternity known as the Hermandad de Jesús Nazareno leads an overnight procession that brings thousands of people into the streets for that city’s biggest event of the year to commemorate Jesus’ Passion.

  • Noche Buena and Christmas Day
    Posted: May 22, 2015 - 12:18pm

    Christmas Eve, often known by its Spanish name, Noche Buena, begins for many Filipino Catholics early in the morning with a pre-dawn Simbang Gabi Mass. By nighttime, the celebration that has been under way for some time reaches its peak. The primary Christmas Mass for most Filipinos, the Misa de Gallo, takes place late in the evening. Mass is preceded by, or includes, a Panunulayan reenactment, and is followed by public and family festivities that run deep into the night.

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception
    Posted: May 22, 2015 - 9:56am

    December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is celebrated with particular attention and ceremony in the Philippine Catholic Church. Filipino Catholics have an especially strong devotion to Mary. Devotees attribute many miracles to her.

  • Feast of the Three Kings
    Posted: May 18, 2015 - 10:39am

    The Feast of the Three Kings, or the Feast of the Epiphany, is celebrated as a big event among Filipino Catholics every January 6. A time of feasting, visiting, and gift-giving, it officially marks the end of the Christmas celebration in the Philippines before the start of school days for students after a long Christmas vacation. The celebration of Epiphany is also known in the Philippines as Pasko ng Matatanda, the Feast of the Elderly, to honor the senior citizens.

  • Simbang Gabi
    Posted: May 15, 2015 - 12:25pm

    On each of the nine mornings leading up to Christmas, Filipino Catholics gather in the pre-dawn hours for Simbang Gabi, a novena of Masses that anticipates the celebration of Christmas. Churches are generally filled out the doors.


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