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  • Exuberant choir music dominates Mass, church life in Tanzania
    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.

  • Tanzanian Catholics put vibrant African spirituality on display at Mass
    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.

  • Jumuiya, Small Christian Community, is at the heart of Tanzanian church
    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.

  • Introduction: Catholics in Tanzania comprise nearly a third of country's diverse religious landscape
    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.

  • Barefoot pilgrims hold 24-hour vigil, three-day fast at Lough Derg, Ireland
    Posted: August 26, 2016 - 10:59am

    The ancient pilgrimage site calls for its retreatants to complete prayer stations while barefoot, fasting, and without sleep for a 24-hour vigil. It taps a morally rigorous strain of Christianity that runs deep in Irish religious culture, even while religious practice is otherwise in sharp decline.

  • Camaiore, Italy, townsfolk lay tappeti for Corpus Domini procession
    Posted: July 18, 2016 - 1:04pm

    In Camaiore, a small city in Tuscany nestled between mountains and the sea, one of the highlights of the year is the feast of Corpus Domini, when townspeople come out to make and view brightly colored sawdust tappeti, or carpets, to line the route for a religious procession.

  • Maronite liturgy draws from Eastern and Western traditions
    Posted: May 12, 2016 - 1:14pm

    Maronite Catholicism encompasses a whole range of traditions and practices that give meaning and texture to the faith. The Qurbono,1 as the Maronite Mass is properly called, is the primary official form of prayer of the church, and a fundamental source of Maronite identity. It bears many similarities to other Eastern and Western Catholic liturgies, but has its own particular elements that make it distinctive. 

  • Parish in Bergen, Norway offers many Masses for immigrant populations
    Posted: May 9, 2016 - 2:59pm

    The many Sunday liturgies at St. Paul's in Bergen aim to accommodate a very diverse array of parishioners, but also to bind them as one community, in a manner that is both Norwegian and Catholic.

  • Exodus leads to more Maronites outside of Lebanon and Syria
    Posted: May 9, 2016 - 10:35am

    In the wake of a century-long of exodus from the traditional Maronite heartland, there are more Maronites living outside of Lebanon and Syria than in those lands.

  • Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan engage Filipino youth in Marian devotion
    Posted: April 29, 2016 - 1:26pm

    Across the Philippine archipelago, a tradition known as Flores de Mayo, a daily offering of flowers to Mary, the mother of Jesus, is observed throughout the month of May. Typically the celebration culminates with a Santacruzan, part beauty pageant and part religious feast that marks the finding of the True Cross by Reyna Elena, or the queen St. Helena.

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