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  • Hispano-Mozarabic rite preserves a millennium of cultural history in Spain
    Posted: March 24, 2023 - 12:44pm

    For more than a millennium, the Western Roman Catholic Church has centralized its worship at the Eucharist around the Roman rite, the Mass that can make Catholics who go to church in a country they don’t know at least recognize “the same Mass,” as many would put it, even where they might not understand the language. There are, however, two long-standing exceptions to that liturgical centralization, one of which is the Hispano-Mozarabic liturgical tradition of Spain.

  • The Passion and the people in Oberammergau, Germany
    Posted: December 5, 2022 - 2:53pm

    For 388 years the people of Oberammergau, Germany, a village of 5,400 people at the edge of the Alps, have performed a Passion Play once a decade in fulfillment of a collective vow made at a moment of desperation. What began as a local act of devotion by means of interpretive embodiment and reenactment grew into an international tourist attraction.

  • Chicago suburb hosts 2nd largest feast for Guadalupe
    Posted: May 10, 2022 - 10:26am

    In the northwestern suburbs outside Chicago, on a large property bordered by a cemetery and housing tracts, crowds sometimes exceeding 200,000 have been gathering for decades on freezing December nights in the city of Des Plaines to honor the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe in a manner that echoes the

  • Fraternity, Martyrdom and Peace in Burundi
    Posted: March 29, 2022 - 2:25pm

  • The popularity and paradox of charismatic Catholicism in India and Sri Lanka
    Posted: July 22, 2021 - 11:58am

    The beginnings of the Catholic charismatic movement are often located in a period during the late 1960s, when Catholics received “the baptism of the Holy Spirit” during retreats and conferences at Duquesne and Notre Dame Universities.

  • Pilgrims pray at Matridham Ashram's sacred spaces
    Posted: July 21, 2021 - 3:44pm

    The entire compound of Matridham Ashram, outside the Hindu holy city of Banaras in North India, is considered to be holy ground. While the pavilion is the center of Catholic charismatic religious services, there are three other areas or spaces in the compound that are considered to be especially sacred: the shrine to Mary and the Child Jesus; the Chapel; and what is called the “Darśan Bhavan.”

  • Matridham Ashram a center for charismatic worship in North India
    Posted: July 20, 2021 - 10:29am

    Established in 1954, Matridham Ashram was for over thirty years an important Catholic retreat and education center focusing on inculturation or adapting Catholic religious practice to Indian cultural symbols and expectations. While it still holds retreats as part of its “Indian Christian Experience Program,” it is now much more widely known as a center for Catholic charismatic religiosity as well as the Khrist Bhakta movement among Hindu villagers who worship Jesus.

  • Rapid social change in Spain affects marriage and family life
    Posted: October 27, 2020 - 10:37am

    Family related norms have changed rapidly across the last two generations in Europe, but in few places have they changed as rapidly as Spain.

  • The Roman Rite in Tribal North India
    Posted: October 21, 2020 - 1:21pm

    The celebration surrounding Dhori Mata draws upon what is called “inculturation.” After the Second Vatican Council, India was a primary area for liturgical experimentation. Going by the name, “inculturation,” the movement for liturgical adaptation, was most specifically associated with the work of the National Liturgical Center in Bangalore under the direction of D.S. Amalorpavadass. What emerged during this period of experimentation were “12 Points of Adaptation” to Indian culture, which were approved by the Vatican in 1969.

  • History of the Dhori Mata Shrine
    Posted: October 21, 2020 - 12:41pm

    The story of Dhori Mata1 begins in 1956 when the present day state of Jharkhand was part of Bihar. The coalfields were worked by miners from the Bilaspuri community from neighboring Madhya Pradesh.


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