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  • Cultural traditions and Catholicism guide life on Yap, Micronesia
    Posted: April 15, 2019 - 12:54pm

    Yap is the most heavily Catholic of the states in the Federated States of Micronesia. Though this account concerns a quite small community of people compared to the world’s billion-plus Catholics, the ways that Yapese culture interacts with Catholicism are intriguing.

  • Christianity spread quickly across Chuuk Lagoon in 20th century
    Posted: April 12, 2019 - 3:28pm

    Though Catholicism and Protestantism came late to Chuuk, the islands became almost entirely Christian in a relatively short time. On islands that had once been fiercely resistant to Christianity, the catechists and Jesuits made surprisingly rapid progress spreading the faith.

  • The ephemerality of beauty in the visual culture of Micronesian Catholicism
    Posted: April 5, 2019 - 4:03pm

    The humid, tropical environment, and sometime brutal typhoons have a habit of undoing the built environment quickly. Micronesian religious culture recognizes that reality about the world, and has found ways to bring the beauty of that world into worship.

  • Micronesia's island cultures weave faith and traditions in distinctive ways
    Posted: April 5, 2019 - 1:17pm

    Though the vast majority of Micronesians identify as Christian (just over half the population identifies as Catholic), Christianity came late to these islands, beginning in the 1850s. Today the Church relies on a large number of lay catechists and deacons.

  • Ukraine survey data
    Posted: February 14, 2019 - 12:40pm

    Compared to western Europeans, Ukrainians stand out on several fronts as more socially conservative.

  • Ukrainian Catholic churches at crossroads of Baroque and Byzantine styles
    Posted: February 14, 2019 - 11:27am

    A visit to any of the major older churches of Lviv shows just how much Lviv was a crossroads of cultures. Extraordinary Baroque—quintessentially Roman style—churches, legacies of Polish and Austro-Hungarian rule, are decorated with the iconostasis screens and other elements that aim to mark them as Byzantine.

  • Ukrainian Greek Catholic numbers shrinking in once strong diaspora
    Posted: February 12, 2019 - 12:49pm

    Migration has radically expanded the footprint of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the last 135 years, and brought the Church into very different cultural contexts. But as the community has moved out of ethno-religious enclaves in the United States and Canada, the numbers there have rapidly declined.

  • Holy Week in Ukraine: Willow Sunday, liturgies, Easter basket blessings and Bright Week
    Posted: February 11, 2019 - 5:11pm

    In a holy season beginning with a Great Lent fast lasting longer than 40 days, to "Willow Sunday," and a midnight Resurrection Matins on Easter, followed by "Bright Week," Ukrainian Greek Catholics have no more iconic tradition than their exquisitely decorated eggs, and no more beloved practice than the blessing of Easter baskets.

  • Fasting and feasting help define Greek Catholic practice in Ukraine
    Posted: February 8, 2019 - 4:02pm

    Food and fasting play a relatively significant role in the spirituality and religious culture of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Believers are encouraged to abstain from meals on many occasions throughout the year. As a matter of custom, at Christmas feasts and Easter Pasky the choice of particular foods plays a big role in how people mark the days.

  • Ukrainian Greek Catholic liturgy envisions heaven on earth
    Posted: February 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

    The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church celebrates the Divine Liturgy—the Eucharist—and other sacraments according to the Byzantine rite. The Byzantine liturgy aims to invoke splendor and glory, to envision heaven here on earth. Incense and chant play significant roles in arousing the experience of worship.

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