April 28, 2019

Co-authored by Dr. Kate Kingsbury* and Dr. Andrew Chesnut As of the past few decades, it is clear that Catholic clergy are witnessing a mushrooming demand for exorcisms. An astonishing number of people undergo deliverance from demonic forces every week, not only in the developing world but also in Britain and the United States. Pope Francis, who regularly speaks about the Devil, has told priests that they “should not hesitate” to call on exorcists if they hear confessions or see… Read more

April 10, 2019

By guest contributor Judika Illes* Where do you go if your legal papers are taking forever to process? What if your international flight is already booked but now your passport renewal is delayed? Where do you turn? For many, that’s a no-brainer – turn to Saint Expedite. Saints are frequently specialists – invoke Saint Lucy for eye ailments, for instance, or Saint Barbara for protection from natural disasters. Saint Expedite’s specialty is cutting through red tape and ending delays. As… Read more

March 18, 2019

By Kate Kingsbury The Mexican State’s relationship with the region of Oaxaca, is tenuous, unlike the Catholic Church whose rapport with locals has long had importance in the region despite its troubling history. Yet Indigenous Oaxacans, far from following the Church’s edicts rigorously, continue to adapt and adopt Catholicism in their own unique ways, in forms that speak to their pre-Hispanic past but also reflect the present difficulties they face in the post-colony. Santa Muerte is a sui generis sacred… Read more

March 15, 2019

Folklore Thursday is one of my favorite twitter accounts, which true to its name curates tweets on folklore-related topics. Last Thursday’s theme was saints and miracles, so as an unabashed hagiophile I have collected the top tweets on Catholic saints….   Bone and Sickle‏ @boneandsickle Mar 14 “Cephalophores” (head-carriers) are a class of saints said to walk about after martyrdom by decapitation. France has St. Denis, UK St. Edmund (whose bodiless head was guarded by wolves). Hear more starting with John the… Read more

February 26, 2019

Co-autoria por la Dra. Kate Kingsbury* y el Dr. Andrew Chesnut. Traducido del ingles por la Dra. Fabiola Chesnut, Jefa del Departamento de Artes Finas en Huguenot High School en Richmond, Virginia. Solo apareció hace dos años, pero la iglesia católica en México ya está condenando al santo popular más nuevo de México por ser peor que la Santa Muerte. El Santo Niño Huachicolero apareció de la nada en las redes sociales en 2016 y ha causado tal consternación que tanto… Read more

February 9, 2019

Co-authored by Dr. Kate Kingsbury* and Dr. Andrew Chesnut He only appeared two years ago but Mexico’s newest folk saint is already being condemned by the Catholic Church in Mexico as worse than Santa Muerte. The Holy Child of Huachicolero (Santo Niño Huachicolero) appeared out of nowhere on social media in 2016 and has caused such consternation that both the Archbishop of Puebla and more recently, the Archdiocese of Mexico have rebuked the surreal folk saint as worse than Santa… Read more

January 28, 2019

By Guest Columnist Ezer R. May May* and translated from the original Spanish by Dr. Andrew Chesnut Currents of spirituality and religion have always coursed through the Latin American body politic. And now the dynamics of religious identity are having a major impact in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Brazil, and Mexico. We saw Jair Bolsonaro win the presidential elections in Brazil with strong support from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (IURD) as well as the coalition… Read more

January 20, 2019

Kate Kingsbury et Andrew Chesnut A travers le monde des Catholiques sont de plus en plus tentés par L’évangile de la prospérité, surtout en Afrique et en Amérique Latine. En Afrique, les messes catholiques prennent des allures de cérémonies pentecôtistes durant lesquelles il est fait l’apologie de la théologie de la prospérité. Lors de cette nouvelle liturgie inconnue de la majorité des catholiques, les paroissiens sont exhortés à faire des dons. Plus important est le don, plus importante sera la récompense…. Read more

January 16, 2019

Co-autoria por la Dra. Kate Kingsbury* y el Dr. Andrew Chesnut. Traducido del ingles por la Dra. Fabiola Chesnut, Jefa del Departamento de Artes Finas en Huguenot High School en Richmond, Virginia. A partir de las últimas décadas, está claro que el clero católico está presenciando una creciente demanda de exorcismos. Un número asombroso de personas se liberan de las fuerzas demoníacas todas las semanas, no solo en los paises en via de desarrollo sino también en Gran Bretaña y los… Read more

December 18, 2018

Por Ezer R. May May* Vientos de espiritualidades y religiosidades han soplado atravesando los discursos y las formas de hacer política en Latinoamérica. No es nuevo – las dinámicas de las identidades e identificaciones religiosas en el espacio público son los ingredientes que están modificando el ambiente que estamos observando, como en Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Brasil y México. Hemos observado la victoria presidencial de Jair Bolsonaro respaldada por la Iglesia Universal del Reino de Dios (IURD) liderada por… Read more

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