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  • Unofficial cowboy saint protects poor and vulnerable in Argentina
    Posted: December 4, 2015 - 2:23pm

    Gauchito Gil is not officially recognized as a Christian saint, but many Catholics here do regard him as a reliable intercessor. Prayers and homages to him at his shrines regularly ask his protection, and he is regarded as a kind of Robin Hood figure who protects the poor and vulnerable in the face of a world that would trample them.  

  • Local invocations of Mary and folk saints as intercessors for Argentine Catholics
    Posted: December 3, 2015 - 3:10pm

    It is difficult to overstate the role of Marian devotion in Argentine Catholicism. One of the most remarkable elements of Argentine devotion is the proliferation and salience of local advocaciones, titles or appearances under which Mary is invoked.

  • Virgen del Cerro draws devotees to Argentine hilltop for peace, spiritual connections
    Posted: November 23, 2015 - 3:59pm

    On a hilltop in Salta, devotees visit a sanctuary for the Virgen del Cerro, who regularly appears to an intermediary there. People come for peace, spiritual connection and healing.

  • Patron saint of urgent causes popular among poor in Argentina
    Posted: November 23, 2015 - 11:15am

    In much of northern Argentina, San Expedito stands out as one of the most popular saints for poor people. In San Miguel de Tucumán, devotees line the block to visit his statue on the 19th of every month.

  • Pilgrims for the Señor y Virgen del Milagro in Argentina find community, fidelity and meaning
    Posted: November 20, 2015 - 2:26pm

    Pilgrims play a large and communal role in the feast of Señor y Virgen del Milagro, held in Salta, Argentina September 13-15 each year. As many as 60,000 pilgrims walk, bike, or ride by horseback from farmlands and desert towns all over the province and beyond

  • Chinese migration to urban areas may erode Catholic villages
    Posted: November 9, 2015 - 10:04am

    China is said to be in the midst of the largest internal migration in history, as rural villagers flood into large urban areas in search of the jobs now available in construction and export manufacturing. As young people leave their tight-knit, majority-Catholic villages, it remains to be seen how their religious practice will be affected.

  • Introduction: Catholic practice flourishing amid political and economic transformation
    Posted: November 6, 2015 - 1:42pm

    Among ordinary Catholics, religious practice is flourishing and evolving in a variety of fascinating ways, as the Chinese Catholics find their place in the larger Catholic world and discern how to respond to so many changes in Chinese society.

  • Miraculous images and votive offerings in Mexico
    Posted: October 7, 2015 - 11:33am

    Many shrines and basilicas in Mexico are cluttered with petitionary and votive offerings of Catholic devotees seeking or paying gratitude for miracles. These devotees apply human and supernatural attributes to certain sacred images, such as the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Lord of Chalma, and the Virgin of San Juan de los Lagos.

  • All-night Holy Week procession commemorates passion in El Salvador
    Posted: August 24, 2015 - 9:54am

    In Izalco, in Western El Salvador, the confraternity known as the Hermandad de Jesús Nazareno leads an overnight procession that brings thousands of people into the streets for that city’s biggest event of the year to commemorate Jesus’ Passion.

  • Filipino Catholics reenact Christmas story on Noche Buena
    Posted: May 22, 2015 - 12:18pm

    Christmas Eve, often known by its Spanish name, Noche Buena, begins for many Filipino Catholics early in the morning with a pre-dawn Simbang Gabi Mass. By nighttime, the celebration that has been under way for some time reaches its peak. The primary Christmas Mass for most Filipinos, the Misa de Gallo, takes place late in the evening. Mass is preceded by, or includes, a Panunulayan reenactment, and is followed by public and family festivities that run deep into the night.


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