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  • El Shaddai and the Charismatic Transformation of Philippine Catholicism
    Posted: March 3, 2017 - 4:20pm

    With nine to 11 million members, El Shaddai is undoubtedly the largest lay Catholic organization in the world. In its worship, theology, and aesthetic, El Shaddai often seems more like the Filipino version of an American Evangelical Protestant mega church, but the movement is linked to and approved by the Catholic Church.

  • The Bailes: 'Families' and Organized Lay Confraternities
    Posted: February 17, 2017 - 11:45am

    Though commonly referred to simply as bailes, the dance groups are really lay religious confraternities — sociedades religiosas — organized to express their devotion through dance. Typically about half of the members, called promesantes, are actually dancers.

  • Sacred Spaces Beyond the Sanctuary
    Posted: February 17, 2017 - 9:51am

    While the geographic heart of La Tirana is the "temple" or sanctuary of the Virgen del Carmen and the plaza where they dance, bailes spend most of their time outside the plaza in living compounds.

  • Day by Day at La Tirana: The order of the feast
    Posted: February 16, 2017 - 1:48pm

    The dance celebrations at La Tirana are organized around the feast day of the Virgen del Carmen, July 16. But the full schedule, from July 10-19, has a number of other high points that make it so meaningful to those who make the pilgrimage there.chil

  • Family, Marriage & Gender Roles
    Posted: February 10, 2017 - 1:51pm

    Couples in Ireland tend to marry late, and most agree that equality between women and men is a fundamental right.

  • History of the Dance
    Posted: January 30, 2017 - 4:33pm

    The tradition of religious dance at La Tirana has both indigenous and Spanish roots. After the War of the Pacific, in the late 19th century, the feast at La Tirana became a feast for the Virgen del Carmen, the patroness of Chile.

  • Introduction
    Posted: January 25, 2017 - 4:09pm

    Normally a town of fewer than 1,000 people, La Tirana fills with more than 200,000 people during the feast, which centers on the feast day of the Virgen del Carmen (July 16), but lasts from July 10-19.

  • Dancing for the Virgin at La Tirana
    Posted: January 24, 2017 - 2:30pm

    In La Tirana, northern Chile, in one of the driest deserts in the world, 200,000 people come together each July for 10 days of dancing at a sanctuary and feast dedicated to the Virgen del Carmen.

  • Csíksomlyó Pilgrimage
    Posted: January 5, 2017 - 10:24am

    The pilgrimage to Csíksomlyó for Pentecost is one of the largest annual gatherings of any kind in Romania, attracting 50,000 to 100,000 attendees each year.

  • Devotion to the Virgin Mary
    Posted: December 16, 2016 - 4:23pm

    Devotion to the Virgin Mary is a strong and everyday part of life in the Transylvanian Hungarian and Catholic community. Attendance at Mass is visibly larger on annual holidays dedicated to Mary, and pilgrimages and prayer circles honor her.


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