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  • Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage
    Posted: July 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

    A hazardous mountain hike on a July Sunday each year has long served as a means of prayer and pilgrimage. Today, pilgrims are less likely to cite religious reasons for hiking than to honor the religious and cultural ties past generations held to the place.

  • Family, Marriage and Gender Roles
    Posted: June 5, 2017 - 11:57am

    Filipinos participate in religious events as families, often as extended families. More often than not, the family is the unit of analysis.

  • Introduction
    Posted: May 17, 2017 - 9:54am

    Even while Spain is a European Union member country with much more open borders and integration into Europe, Catholicism has a near monopoly on the religious life of the country.

  • Worship
    Posted: May 3, 2017 - 2:42pm

    Liturgy is inculturated in a number of interesting ways.  The Jewish origins of Catholic liturgy become even more apparent when Mass is celebrated in Hebrew.

  • Migrant Catholics in Israel
    Posted: May 2, 2017 - 11:27am

    In a country created and shaped by immigration, temporary foreign workers and refugees — from the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka and parts of Africa — comprise a sizeable Catholic contingent.

  • Mary and the Saints
    Posted: May 2, 2017 - 10:49am

    Post-biblical Catholic saints seem not to occupy a particularly significant place in the religious imaginations of Hebrew-speaking Catholics.

  • Hebrew-Speaking Catholic Community
    Posted: May 1, 2017 - 1:11pm

    The Hebrew-speaking Catholic community was founded by — and still is composed of — men and women who by birth and self-understanding belong to the Jewish people, and Catholics who come from non-Jewish backgrounds but emigrated with Jewish family members. Most seek to find Catholic ways of living that harmonize with Jewish culture.

  • Introduction
    Posted: May 1, 2017 - 9:49am

    Each of Israel's Catholic communities is defined by particular hopes, aspirations and cultural bonds, and each faces a different challenge in defining itself in relation to Judaism and the state of Israel.

  • Salubong: The Welcoming of the Risen Christ
    Posted: April 13, 2017 - 9:56am

    Many Filipinos rise before dawn for Easter celebrations, which often begin with a ritual procession called Salubong, or welcome. At Salubong, a statue of Mother Mary, dressed in mourning and carried by the women of the town, meets and welcomes a statue of the Risen Christ, carried by the men.

  • Good Friday crucifixions at San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga
    Posted: April 10, 2017 - 3:36pm

    San Pedro Cutud, a barangay in San Fernando City, Pampanga province, has become infamous as a site of a senakulo that aims to more fully replicate the bloodiest and most violent aspects of Jesus’ Passion. The rites, known as Maleldo, are not endorsed by the church, but do have local popular and political support, notably from the tourist bureau.  

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