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  • The popularity and paradox of charismatic Catholicism in India and Sri Lanka
    Posted: July 22, 2021 - 11:58am

    The beginnings of the Catholic charismatic movement are often located in a period during the late 1960s, when Catholics received “the baptism of the Holy Spirit” during retreats and conferences at Duquesne and Notre Dame Universities.

  • Pilgrims pray at Matridham Ashram's sacred spaces
    Posted: July 21, 2021 - 3:44pm

    The entire compound of Matridham Ashram, outside the Hindu holy city of Banaras in North India, is considered to be holy ground. While the pavilion is the center of Catholic charismatic religious services, there are three other areas or spaces in the compound that are considered to be especially sacred: the shrine to Mary and the Child Jesus; the Chapel; and what is called the “Darśan Bhavan.”

  • Matridham Ashram a center for charismatic worship in North India
    Posted: July 20, 2021 - 10:29am

    Established in 1954, Matridham Ashram was for over thirty years an important Catholic retreat and education center focusing on inculturation or adapting Catholic religious practice to Indian cultural symbols and expectations. While it still holds retreats as part of its “Indian Christian Experience Program,” it is now much more widely known as a center for Catholic charismatic religiosity as well as the Khrist Bhakta movement among Hindu villagers who worship Jesus.

  • 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.


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