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  • Indian women expected to show deference to men in home, church life
    Posted: June 12, 2018 - 2:15pm

    Though India has had powerful women in politics, gender segregation in India is more formalized and obvious than in many parts of the world. However,  interviewees say that the role of women in the church is at best a nascent concern, and one that is often trivialized. 

  • The feast of the Saintes and its meaning for Gypsies and other Gens du Voyage
    Posted: May 23, 2018 - 12:33pm

    Tens of thousands of Gypsy, Tsigane, Manouche and other Gens du Voyage pilgrims make their way to Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, France, to a May feast for the Saintes Maries and Sainte Sara, the Gypsies' unofficial saint who is linked to the Marys in the gospels. For many, it is an occasion for sacraments like baptism and marriage, and for first communions.

  • Feast brings Saintes Maries and Ste. Sara to the sea in France
    Posted: May 23, 2018 - 10:55am

    The feast for the Saintes Maries, two women who, according to medieval tradition, traveled across the sea to France following Jesus' death, features veneration of a reliquary believed to hold their bones, and procession of their images to the sea. A procession is also held for Sainte Sara, and unofficial saint of Gypsy Catholics who pilgrimage to the ancient seaside town for the feast.

  • Gypsy and Camarguaise Catholics in France honor the Saintes Maries and Ste. Sara with processions to the sea
    Posted: May 23, 2018 - 9:43am

    Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, an ancient town in the marshes of the Carmargue, celebrates processions to the sea for Sainte Marie Jacobé and Sainte Marie Salomé, who according to medieval tradition, following Jesus' death, traveled across the sea by boat and lived out their lives in Carmargue, helping to bring Christianity to France. The May feast draws large number of Gypsy Catholics, who also come to venerate Sainte Sara, an unofficial saint who they believe is integral to the story of the Saintes Maries.

  • Matriarchal traditions endure from pre-colonial Guam
    Posted: May 2, 2018 - 12:23pm

    In religious settings, matrilineal lines are particularly important in passing down intregas, promises to fulfill some sort of devotion or religious duty, and in leading prayer, particularly novenas. Sexual sins, if kept discreet, are seen as less serious than sins such as corruption and self-enrichment.

  • Feasts, processions and honoring Guam's patroness Santa Marian Kamalen
    Posted: April 30, 2018 - 11:22am

    For reasons certainly linked to its history of Spanish colonization, and perhaps to its precolonial history, feasts are an especially important element of Catholic life on Guam. Chamorro women direct the care and feast for Santa Marian Kamalen, the Patroness of the Marianas.

  • Migration makes Chamorros a minority in Guam
    Posted: April 20, 2018 - 10:21am

    The history of Guam and the perspectives of the native Chamorro people have been impacted by immigration and global encounters over 350 years. That process continues today in a variety of ways, including through in- and out-migration. As a result, Chamorros are a minority on their own island today. An influx of Filipinos and Micronesians are changing the cultural makeup in Guam.

  • Honoring the dead a cultural value in Guam
    Posted: April 18, 2018 - 3:51pm

    If there were one theme that came across most clearly in interviews about the relationship between Catholicism and Chamorro culture in Guam, it was the importance of honoring the dead.

  • Unraveling: Sex abuse, the Neos, and a Year of Reparation in Guam
    Posted: April 18, 2018 - 3:38pm

    In 2017, the Church of Guam has been embroiled in accusations of sexual abuse brought to light, at least in part, by a backlash over the ascendance of Neocatechumenal Way, a global, lay Catholic movement that operates in many parishes on the island.

  • Introduction: Chamorro and Spanish roots define Guam's Catholic, island culture
    Posted: April 18, 2018 - 1:32pm

    The island and Catholic cultures of Guam, a U.S. territory, are shaped by the legacy of the Chamorro people, the original settlers; by 200 years of Spanish rule that linked Guam to the Philippines and Mexico; and by more than a century of American influence. 


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