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  • Rapid social change in Spain affects marriage and family life
    Posted: October 27, 2020 - 10:37am

    Family related norms have changed rapidly across the last two generations in Europe, but in few places have they changed as rapidly as Spain.

  • The Roman Rite in Tribal North India
    Posted: October 21, 2020 - 1:21pm

    The celebration surrounding Dhori Mata draws upon what is called “inculturation.” After the Second Vatican Council, India was a primary area for liturgical experimentation. Going by the name, “inculturation,” the movement for liturgical adaptation, was most specifically associated with the work of the National Liturgical Center in Bangalore under the direction of D.S. Amalorpavadass. What emerged during this period of experimentation were “12 Points of Adaptation” to Indian culture, which were approved by the Vatican in 1969.

  • History of the Dhori Mata Shrine
    Posted: October 21, 2020 - 12:41pm

    The story of Dhori Mata1 begins in 1956 when the present day state of Jharkhand was part of Bihar. The coalfields were worked by miners from the Bilaspuri community from neighboring Madhya Pradesh.

  • Devotion at Dhori Mata reflects North Indian cultural sensibilities
    Posted: October 21, 2020 - 11:36am

    The October festival dedicated to Dhori Mata in Jarangdih, a village in the North Indian state of Jharkhand, is preceded by a nine-day novena. During this time, the field surrounding the shrine is prepared for the open air Mass and for the influx of vendors who will set up shop for the festivities. The festival itself begins with the raising of the banner to the shouts of “Dhori Mata ki Jay," “Victory to Dhori Mata.”

  • All night at Fr. Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry: A real and moving presence in Nigeria
    Posted: May 14, 2020 - 12:59pm

    Every Friday night, for almost all of the night, huge crowds gather in the outskirts of Enugu, Nigeria for a prayer event that is easily among the best attended weekly gatherings in the Catholic world. Worship combines preaching, ecstatic Eucharistic adoration, two Masses, anointing and dance in a way that is hard to imagine for anyone who has not seen it before.

  • The compelling power of naming in Igbo culture
    Posted: May 14, 2020 - 9:52am

    One of the enduring—and literally compelling—aspects of Igbo traditional culture is the practice of naming. Today, parents still choose Igbo names to carry on that tradition in Christianized fashion.

  • Lay Catholic groups in Igboland: Legion of Mary to Charismatics
    Posted: May 12, 2020 - 4:21pm

    The growth of the Church in Igboland has depended from the beginning on the dedicated work of lay catechists. At Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish there is an abundance of lay organizations.

  • Family building in Nigeria carries on lineage, spirit of ancestors
    Posted: May 12, 2020 - 11:42am

    Both traditionally and today, family is a primary social institution in Igbo tradition. Catholic belief has altered the concept of the family in limited ways, but has left traditional structures and relationships significantly intact.

  • Initiation, title-taking, and the stages of life in Nigeria's Igboland
    Posted: May 11, 2020 - 4:27pm

    Traditional Igbo society was built on a series of initiation rituals that spanned the whole course of life, from naming rituals after birth to funerals that were conceived as initiation into the realm of the ancestors. Christian missionaries worked to eliminate or replace many initiation rituals, but some continue as culturally important.

  • Nigerian Catholic funerals an initiation to community of ancestors
    Posted: May 8, 2020 - 4:34pm

    According to Igbo tradition, funerals are huge—by the financial standards of most families, extravagant—and highly ritualized events. Modernization and the advent of Christianity have done little to change that. Funerals are an occasion when two worldviews, traditional and Catholic, often play out together.

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