Feasts, Processions & Festivals
Posted: December 5, 2016 - 3:49pm
Just before Lent, villagers in the Ciuc Valley hold a raucous procession called the "Carnival Burial," which ends with the burning of a straw man. At Easter, families present their food baskets for blessings by the parish priest, while young men go "watering" neighborhood women like flowers with water or perfume.
Posted: December 5, 2016 - 2:14pm
Everyday life in the ethnic Hungarian Catholic enclave can look and feel just as devout as in Orthodox Christian and Romanian parts of the country — from devotional cards and rosaries on buses to the noontime church bells heard far and wide. Catholics in Romania are comfortable with these signs of religious observance that mostly go unnoticed as people go about their daily business.
Posted: November 9, 2016 - 11:33am
The Social Legacy of (Saint?) Julius Nyerere
Posted: November 7, 2016 - 3:56pm
Julius Nyerere is most famous for his envisioning and implementation of ujamaa (familyhood) socialism in the late 1960s and 1970s. Here Nyerere attempted to marry the ideals of modern Catholic social teaching, the communitarian ethos of traditional African society, and socialist economic theory.
Legacies of Indigenous Traditions
Posted: November 4, 2016 - 2:37pm
Traditional healing, witchcraft and exorcisms are part of the fabric of spiritual life. Witchcraft is greatly feared, especially among Christians.
Catholic Schools and Social Ministries
Posted: November 4, 2016 - 2:08pm
As in much of Africa, the Tanzanian Catholic Church plays an outsized role in providing educational, medical and social services. Catholic-affiliated street ministries are also making a big impact on social provision.
Posted: November 1, 2016 - 3:35pm
The choir dominates the Tanzanian Mass, and no song is complete without choreographed movement including stamping feet, swaying arms, clapping, and sometimes even cries of joy.
Posted: November 1, 2016 - 3:16pm
Catholic worship in Tanzania revolves around the Mass, and a Tanzanian Mass shares much of the ritual formality one would find in any part of the Catholic world. But African pride is also on display, with a jubilant choir, dancing children, and impeccable dress.
Posted: October 31, 2016 - 3:50pm
The heart of the Tanzanian church is the jumuiya, or Small Christian Community. These communities are especially important in rural areas where there are no priests. They meet weekly, help to develop local lay-leaders, and provide needed support and hospitality in the community.
Posted: October 31, 2016 - 3:38pm
Tanzania is a country rich in eco-tourism, indigenous cultures, and diverse and dynamic religious traditions. About 30% of the population identify as Catholic, making it the largest Christian church in the country.