Seville's streets flooded with 60 processions throughout Holy Week
Posted: July 31, 2017 - 4:20pm
Semana Santa processions are unparalleled in Seville, where 60 official processions traverse the center city throughout Holy Week from afternoon deep into the night.
Spain's Holy Week processions engage masses
Posted: July 31, 2017 - 3:18pm
In many cities in Spain, and elsewhere in the Iberian-influenced world, Semana Santa — Holy Week — is marked by major public processions that recount and ritualize the events of the Passion, providing a visual catechism and giving the masses a chance to participate in the story.
Faith and family hand in hand, divorce illegal in the Philippines
Posted: June 5, 2017 - 11:57am
Filipinos participate in religious events as families, often as extended families. More often than not, the family is the unit of analysis.
Introduction: Catholicism holds near monopoly on religious life in Spain
Posted: May 17, 2017 - 9:54am
Even while Spain is a European Union member country with much more open borders and integration into Europe, Catholicism has a near monopoly on the religious life of the country.
In Israel, language connects worship to Jewish traditions
Posted: May 3, 2017 - 2:42pm
Liturgy is inculturated in a number of interesting ways. The Jewish origins of Catholic liturgy become even more apparent when Mass is celebrated in Hebrew.
Foreign workers, refugees comprise sizable Catholic contingent in Israel
Posted: May 2, 2017 - 11:27am
In a country created and shaped by immigration, temporary foreign workers and refugees — from the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka and parts of Africa — comprise a sizable Catholic contingent.
Some Israeli Catholics see saints as distraction from relationship with God
Posted: May 2, 2017 - 10:49am
Post-biblical Catholic saints seem not to occupy a particularly significant place in the religious imaginations of Hebrew-speaking Catholics.
Hebrew-speaking Catholics find fellowship in Israel
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:Israeli Catholics live faith in Jewish context
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 welcomes Risen Christ Easter morning in the Philippines
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.