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  • 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, that they say have the power to perform miracles. Believers write letters, provide documents and photos, pin up clothing, hair and braids, or create collages or other objects that either ask for miracles or give thanks for miracles received.

  • 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.

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception spotlights Philippine devotion to Mary
    Posted: May 22, 2015 - 9:56am

    December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is celebrated with particular attention and ceremony in the Philippine Catholic Church. Filipino Catholics have an especially strong devotion to Mary. Devotees attribute many miracles to her.

  • Feast of the Three Kings caps long Christmas season in Philippines
    Posted: May 18, 2015 - 10:39am

    The Feast of the Three Kings, or the Feast of the Epiphany, is celebrated as a big event among Filipino Catholics every January 6. A time of feasting, visiting, and gift-giving, it officially marks the end of the Christmas celebration in the Philippines before the start of school days for students after a long Christmas vacation. The celebration of Epiphany is also known in the Philippines as Pasko ng Matatanda, the Feast of the Elderly, to honor the senior citizens.

  • Simbang Gabi, pre-dawn Masses, prepare for Christmas in Philippines
    Posted: May 15, 2015 - 12:25pm

    On each of the nine mornings leading up to Christmas, Filipino Catholics gather in the pre-dawn hours for Simbang Gabi, a novena of Masses that anticipates the celebration of Christmas. Churches are generally filled out the doors.

  • Christmas season in the Philippines spans September to January
    Posted: May 13, 2015 - 11:45am

    Christmas in the Philippines, Filipinos like to say, stretches longer than anywhere else in the world, from September to January with carols and gift-giving, novenas and Masses, feasts and processions.

  • Introduction: Philippine Catholic practice marked by fervor, feeling
    Posted: May 7, 2015 - 10:44am

    With more than 80 million Catholics, the Philippines is home to the third largest Catholic population in the world. While the country's 2,000 inhabited islands offer a broad range of Catholic practices, Filipinos stand out for their devotional fervor.

  • In Jordan, Friday is for worship and Sunday for work
    Posted: April 1, 2015 - 1:49pm

    Given that Jordan is a Muslim country, Friday is the country’s normal day of worship, and Sunday is a normal day of work.


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