The Passion and the people in Oberammergau, Germany
Posted: December 5, 2022 - 2:53pm
For 388 years the people of Oberammergau, Germany, a village of 5,400 people at the edge of the Alps, have performed a Passion Play once a decade in fulfillment of a collective vow made at a moment of desperation. What began as a local act of devotion by means of interpretive embodiment and reenactment grew into an international tourist attraction.
Chicago suburb hosts 2nd largest feast for Guadalupe
Posted: May 10, 2022 - 10:26am
In the northwestern suburbs outside Chicago, on a large property bordered by a cemetery and housing tracts, crowds sometimes exceeding 200,000 have been gathering for decades on freezing December nights in the city of Des Plaines to honor the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe in a manner that echoes the
Fraternity, Martyrdom and Peace in Burundi
Posted: March 29, 2022 - 2:25pm
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.
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.