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  • Hong Kong: A modern, busy, mostly secular hub
    Posted: July 18, 2013 - 1:59pm

    Hong Kong, a British colony until 1997, is a mixing place of Western (primarily British) and Chinese cultures. Hong Kong is a highly modernized, very densely populated global banking and business center, and also a place with glimpses of peasant culture in alley shops and stalls. Chinese will sometimes say that old Hong Kong culture is a legacy from rough and tumble seafaring and port life, but Hong Kong is also a global crossroads. Cantonese, the local Chinese dialect, is the dominant language, but English is tremendously important as well, as it has been for a century.

  • Filipina Migrants in Hong Kong
    Posted: July 18, 2013 - 1:29pm

    Some 144,000 Filipina women, most of whom are Catholic, work in Hong Kong, mainly as househelp. Many spend hours of their one day off a week in church and prayer meetings.

  • Salvadoran Churches Have Diverse Architectural Designs
    Posted: June 24, 2013 - 2:42pm

    In San Salvador especially, the design of churches is quite varied. Because the region is in an earthquake zone, few churches date back more than 100 years. Churches typically are designed in painted concrete, whether as variations on traditional Italian and Spanish designs, or modernist alternatives.

  • Grotto at Nuestra Señora de la Asunción In El Salvador
    Posted: June 24, 2013 - 1:38pm

    The grotto inside the ruins of the original Nuestra Señora de la Asunción church in Izalco, El Salvador marks the graves of thousands of peasants killed by the army in reprisal for the indigenous peasant uprising in 1932.

  • Introduction: El Salvador puts trust in church, values remembrance of martyrs
    Posted: June 21, 2013 - 1:41pm

    Salvadorans are a warm and welcoming people, but their country is plagued by a history of violence. As a result, Salvadoran Catholicism often values remembrance of martyrdom, whether in the form of traditional religious piety or remembrance of martyrs of the 1980s civil war.

  • Worship In Salvadoran Churches
    Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:36pm

    Most music in Salvadoran churches features guitars and stringed instruments. Organ music is rare. Salvadorans tend to move very little and not to gesticulate much at Mass, though they do move around to one another at the kiss of peace.

  • Signs of Catholicism Are Commonly Advertised On El Salvador's Streets
    Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:34pm

    Faith is commonly advertised in public, whether through murals, bumper stickers, rosaries in cars, and crèche scenes. Religious jewelry, however, is not as common.

  • Shrines in El Salvador Honor Martyrs And Victims of Violence
    Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:32pm

    Roadside crosses and localized shrines honor martyrs and victims of violence and accidents.

  • Salvadorans Equate Migration With Economic Opportunity
    Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:29pm

    About one-third of Salvadorans live outside the country. The country’s population density is the highest in Latin America, and with few natural resources and high unemployment, migration is sometimes the only route to economic opportunity.

  • El Salvador's Cofradía Niño Dios de María Hosts New Year's Festivities
    Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:25pm

    On New Year's Eve, the Niño Dios de María is processed around town and then to the throne, where it is placed in the second floor for viewing. Cofradía festivities follow with music, dancing and fireworks.


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