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  • Pabása ng Pasyón: Chanting the Passion for Holy Week in the Philippines
    Posted: March 31, 2017 - 2:34pm

    The recitation or chanting of the Passion story of Jesus – the Pabása ng Pasyón – is one of the oldest Holy Week traditions in the Philippines. Today Pabása is prayed over a 24-hour period in the first few days of Holy Week, in front of an altar decorated with flowers, candles, lights and an image of Jesus Christ.  

  • Holy Week, Easter take on penitential tone in the Philippines
    Posted: March 31, 2017 - 10:21am

    During Holy Week, Filipino devotional culture takes on an especially penitential tone, in ways that particularly reflect its Spanish colonial heritage, and even its pre-Christian heritage, but have continued to evolve over the years. Filipinos who tend not to be fully observant liturgically the rest of the year see it as very important to participate in liturgies and devotions this week.

  • El Shaddai and the charismatic transformation of Philippine Catholicism
    Posted: March 3, 2017 - 4:20pm

    With nine to 11 million members, El Shaddai is undoubtedly the largest lay Catholic organization in the world. In its worship, theology, and aesthetic, El Shaddai often seems more like the Filipino version of an American Evangelical Protestant mega church, but the movement is linked to and approved by the Catholic Church.

  • The bailes: 'Families' and organized lay confraternities in Chile
    Posted: February 17, 2017 - 11:45am

    Though commonly referred to simply as bailes, the dance groups are really lay religious confraternities — sociedades religiosas — organized to express their devotion through dance. Typically about half of the members, called promesantes, are actually dancers.

  • Dance groups create sacred spaces throughout La Tirana, Chile
    Posted: February 17, 2017 - 9:51am

    While the geographic heart of La Tirana is the "temple" or sanctuary of the Virgen del Carmen and the plaza where they dance, bailes spend most of their time outside the plaza in living compounds.

  • Day by day: Full schedule for feast at La Tirana, Chile
    Posted: February 16, 2017 - 1:48pm

    The dance celebrations at La Tirana are organized around the feast day of the Virgen del Carmen, July 16. But the full schedule, from July 10-19, has a number of other high points that make it so meaningful to those who make the pilgrimage there.

  • Gender equality a fundamental right in Ireland
    Posted: February 10, 2017 - 1:51pm

    Couples in Ireland tend to marry late, and most agree that equality between women and men is a fundamental right.

  • Roots of the dance feast at La Tirana: Spanish and indigenous culture, even Hollywood
    Posted: January 30, 2017 - 4:33pm

    The tradition of religious dance at La Tirana has both indigenous and Spanish roots. After the War of the Pacific, in the late 19th century, the feast at La Tirana became a feast for the Virgen del Carmen, the patroness of Chile.

  • Dancers embody prayer in 10-day feast at La Tirana, Chile
    Posted: January 25, 2017 - 4:09pm

    Normally a town of fewer than 1,000 people, La Tirana fills with more than 200,000 people during the feast, which centers on the feast day of the Virgen del Carmen (July 16), but lasts from July 10-19.

  • Csíksomlyó pilgrimage one of largest annual gatherings in Romania
    Posted: January 5, 2017 - 10:24am

    The pilgrimage to Csíksomlyó for Pentecost is one of the largest annual gatherings of any kind in Romania, attracting 50,000 to 100,000 attendees each year.


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