11 episodes

Most Catholics experience the faith through a single cultural lens. Yet people all around the world live and imagine it in a rich diversity of ways. Catholics and Cultures, and initiative of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at Holy Cross, widens the lens with a scholarly rigorous and vividly accessible look at the religious lives and practices of contemporary Catholics in countries around the globe.

Catholics and Cultures College of the Holy Cross

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Most Catholics experience the faith through a single cultural lens. Yet people all around the world live and imagine it in a rich diversity of ways. Catholics and Cultures, and initiative of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at Holy Cross, widens the lens with a scholarly rigorous and vividly accessible look at the religious lives and practices of contemporary Catholics in countries around the globe.

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    Jay Carney "The Politics and Praxis of Mercy: Ambassadors of Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda"

    Jay Carney "The Politics and Praxis of Mercy: Ambassadors of Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda"

    Jay Carney, assistant professor of theology and director of the African Studies Program at Creighton University, considers Pope Francis' call for a "Year of Mercy," provides examples of how lay Catholic ministries are practicing mercy in post-genocide Rwanda, but acknowledges the difficulty of adopting a politics of mercy at the church or state level. His talk, April 14, 2016, is part of the McFarland Center's initiative on Catholics & Cultures.

    • 1 hr 15 min
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    Frank Graziano "Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico"

    Frank Graziano "Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico"

    Frank Graziano, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College, shares field research from his forthcoming book project, "Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico" (Oxford University Press, November 2015).

    • 1 hr 11 min
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    Rachel Delphia "'Most Wonderfully Deceitful to the Eye': The Art and History of Neapolitan Presepe

    Rachel Delphia "'Most Wonderfully Deceitful to the Eye': The Art and History of Neapolitan Presepe

    Rachel Delphia, the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, speaks about the Carnegie Museum's elaborate Neapolitan presepe, or nativity scene, and makes the case for presepi as works of art. The talk was held in conjunction with the Cantor Art Gallery exhibit, “The Italian Presepe: Cultural Landscapes of the Soul.”

    • 1 hr 5 min
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    Stephen Selka "Our Lady of the Good Death: Afro-Catholicism in the Brazilian Cultural Heritage"

    Stephen Selka "Our Lady of the Good Death: Afro-Catholicism in the Brazilian Cultural Heritage"

    Stephen Selka, associate professor in American studies and religious studies at Indiana University, shares his research on the Sisterhood of the Good Death (Boa Morte) in Bahia, Brazil, and their Feast of the Assumption, a weeklong celebration that combines Catholicism with Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion. Discover how this practice has become part of the cultural heritage for the African diaspora.

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    Anya Peterson Royce "Journeys of Transformation: Isthmus Zapotec beliefs and rituals surrounding death, healing and pilgrimage"

    Anya Peterson Royce "Journeys of Transformation: Isthmus Zapotec beliefs and rituals surrounding death, healing and pilgrimage"

    Anya Peterson Royce, Chancellor's professor of anthropology and comparative literature at Indiana University, is author of "Becoming an Ancestor: The Isthmus Zapotec Way of Death" (SUNY Press, 2011), which looks at the intricate blending of Catholicism and indigenous spiritual tradition in the death rituals of Zapotecs in southern Mexico.

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    Rev. Paul Mariani, S.J. "Living in China's Highly Politicized Church of Today"

    Rev. Paul Mariani, S.J. "Living in China's Highly Politicized Church of Today"

    Rev. Paul Mariani, S.J., assistant professor of history at Santa Clara University, talks about religious policy and conflict in the People's Republic of China since 1950 and how Catholics in China understand their faith today. He is author of "Church Militant: Bishop Kung and Catholic Resistance in Communist Shanghai" (Harvard University Press, 2011).

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