April 17, 2015 — The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, has launched an online global initiative called Catholics & Cultures to offer a snapshot of how Catholics around the world live out their faith and practice their beliefs.
The encyclopedic web resource is the first initiative of its kind to study and share stories of the religious life and practices of lay Catholics around the world. Content is organized by both country and theme and includes articles, demographic data, videos, photographs and more. The site also explores communities and practices of the Eastern Catholic churches.
The website will continually be updated and expanded as scholars around the world engage in the study of lived Catholicism. In coming months, new research will be added on the Philippines, Argentina, Lebanon and China.
“Catholics & Cultures offers scholars, students and the general public an opportunity to explore the practice of Catholicism as it is experienced around the world,” said Jesuit Father Philip L. Boroughs, president of Holy Cross. “As a global faith community, the sacramental and devotional life of Catholicism is expressed in a multitude of ways reflective of the distinct countries and cultures in which the faith community resides. As this web resource grows and develops, I look forward to seeing how it will help shape and deepen people’s engagement with Catholicism.”
As Catholics & Cultures grows, opportunities for collaboration with scholars and students will arise. A number of students already have contributed to the initiative through research trips with faculty, in class projects and with the development of the website. In addition to the website, the Catholics & Cultures initiative will host lectures and international conferences and will publish an online journal later this year. The College is also working with the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, to plan a conference in January 2016.View the Catholics & Cultures site at catholicsandcultures.org or go to holycross.edu/mcfarlandcenter for more information. [Source: College of the Holy Cross]