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  • 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.  

  • Bustos, Bulacan: Holy Wednesday and Good Friday Processions
    Posted: April 10, 2017 - 3:21pm

    In Bustos, Bulacan, north of Manila, Holy Wednesday and Good Friday are marked with significant processions. Many members of the community are owners and custodians of large caros, holy statues that are processed on a carozza in the procession.

  • Pahalik: Kissing Jesus’ Dead Body
    Posted: April 10, 2017 - 8:29am

    On Good Friday, Catholic churches nationwide provide an opportunity for Pahalik, kissing a statue of the dead body of Christ in front of the altar.

  • Crucifixions at Kapitangan, Bulacan
    Posted: April 7, 2017 - 2:14pm

    Kapitangan, a barangay in Paombong, Bulacan province, is known in the Philippines as the site of one of the bloodiest public re-enactments of the Passion during Holy Week, particularly on Good Friday.

  • Visita Iglesia
    Posted: April 7, 2017 - 1:27pm

    A Visita Iglesia — visiting at least seven different churches on Holy Thursday and Good Friday — is one of the most popular Holy Week panatas, or sacred vows, that Filipino Catholics make.

  • Melkite Music
    Posted: April 5, 2017 - 12:32pm

    Until we are able to develop a section on music of the Melkite tradition as merited, a broad sampling of Greek Melkite liturgical music with English and Arabic lyrics can at least be sampled here.

  • Holy Week Processions in Angono Rizal
    Posted: April 5, 2017 - 9:27am

    On Holy Monday, more than 40 life-size statues — Jesus carrying the Cross, a mournful Mama Mary and other persons related to Jesus’ Passion — are processed on decorative carriages through the streets of Angono Rizal.


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