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  • Home Practice
    Posted: December 8, 2016 - 10:34am

    Pictures of saints and the Virgin Mary on refrigerator doors, kitchen cabinets, and bookcases are not only a way of decorating the home, but they also help people pray and play an important role in providing religious education for children.

  • Charismatic Practice
    Posted: December 5, 2016 - 4:24pm

    Like at a European concert festival, music is a major attraction at the Csíksomlyó Youth Gathering. The young people in the crowd jump, dance, shout, and sing along to well-known Charismatic Catholic songs.

  • 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.

  • Introduction
    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.

  • Survey Data
    Posted: November 9, 2016 - 11:33am

    A survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, “Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa,” sheds light on a number of aspects Tanzanian culture.

  • 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.

  • Music
    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.

  • Worship
    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.


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