(The Conversation) — While Halloween has its origins in Christian tradition, Day of the Dead is a mix of a thriving indigenous culture and the religion of its 16th-century conquerers.
PARIS (RNS) — Despite a noted lack of attendance on Sundays, Western Europeans don't mind paying to keep established churches open, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.
What moral tribe are you part of?
(RNS) — When Justin Skeesuck felt called to travel the 500-mile Camino de Santiago, a popular Christian pilgrimage through mountains, forests and fields in northern Spain, his lifelong friend Patrick Gray's response was immediate: 'I'll push you.' That's because Skeesuck uses a wheelchair.
(RNS) — As Halloween approaches, the Rev. David Collins, a Jesuit professor of history at Georgetown University, takes us back to a time in European history when witches were persecuted and executed by society.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Appointing new cardinals is one of the most significant powers of the papacy, allowing a pontiff to put his stamp on the future of the 1.2 billion-member church.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Pope Francis, making the surprise announcement during his weekly Sunday address (May 21), said the men came from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador.
(Reuters) The Day of the Kings on Jan. 6 is a bigger day than Christmas for many in Spain.
(RNS) While other manifestations of Mary only claim a region or country at best, Guadalupe is the only one to reign over two continents.
(RNS) Haim Casas grew up in a Catholic family in Cordoba but believes he descends from “converso” Jews who continued practicing Jewish rituals in secret.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Alex Salinas was born a woman but has since undergone hormone therapy and has a male ID in Spain. His local bishop and the Vatican rejected the family’s request to have Salinas as a godfather.
He refused demands by a boycott-Israel group to make a political statement supporting Palestinians. No other performers were asked to make statements.
MADRID (Reuters) Spain's parliament on Thursday passed a law allowing descendants of Sephardic Jews to gain nationality, more than five centuries after their ancestors were expelled from the country.
CASTRILLO DE MURCIA, Spain (RNS) The sight of a grown man dressed as a fiend leaping over the helpless babies might strike panic in the heart of some parents. But locals say the only injuries are to the hamstrings of the jumpers.
RABAT, Morocco (RNS) Like Sephardic Jews, Muslims were an integral part of Spain’s society before being painfully uprooted by Christian rulers. Many were forced to convert. A large number perished at sea.
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