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The Dominican’s Rosary Movement

The Dominican’s Rosary Movement

The Dominican’s Rosary Movement shows both the desire for community devotion and the desire to promote Dominican Spirituality and the philosophy of love linked to the Holy Rosary. Dominicans daily lives involve searching for truth and intimacy with Jesus, pursued by daily actions, but above […]

Veneration of sacred images

Veneration of sacred images

The Catholic Church has always used sacred images and statues for the practice of worship. Naturally it doesn’t come to mind that the first Christians were forced to hide their faith and to lead their worshipping in secret places, where, at most, they could use […]

The cult of Divine Mercy

The cult of Divine Mercy

The cult of Divine Mercy started rather late. It was a cult started by Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun canonized in 2000 by Pope John Paul II. A member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Virgin Mary of Mercy, Sister Faustina showed […]

Christian symbols and their meanings

Christian symbols and their meanings

The main idea of Christian religious symbolism was born from the desire to idolize banned images in early Christianity and the need to hide this worship. The early Christians had to resort to symbolic representations, signs, abstract forms like the cross, the stylized fish, in […]

The origins of Easter

The origins of Easter

Easter is perhaps the most important of Christian holidays. Present in all practices, it reminds and celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus. Its origins are lost in time and its reminiscences and rites remind not only of the Jewish Easter, but also of ancient pagan cults. […]

Statues of the Madonna in Italy in Southern Italy

Statues of the Madonna in Italy in Southern Italy

The Council of Trento was one of the largest assemblies of bishops in history. It lasted from 1545 to 1563, its main purpose: to evaluate the impact that the Protestant Reformation was having on the Catholic Church, and discuss that. The result of this meeting […]

Tapestry: What is it and how it’s made

Tapestry: What is it and how it’s made

Tapestry is an extremely ancient art form which has been present in all cultures in the world for millennia. The oldest tapestries date back to ancient Egypt, and some were also found in pre-Columbian America and the enduring remnants of the ancient Asian empires. The […]

The order of the Barefoot Carmelites

The order of the Barefoot Carmelites

The Barefoot Carmelites (or Discalced Carmelites) are nuns whose life is devoted to God by solemn vows. The order was founded in 1560 by a group of nuns following Saint Teresa of Jesus, a charismatic woman and religious figure, who wanted to breathe new life […]

Paschal candle: the light that frees us from darkness

Paschal candle: the light that frees us from darkness

The Christ-Light axiom is one of the most recurring in the Catholic religion. From the origins of the Liturgy, light from lamps and candles was used as symbol of light of the Resurrection of Jesus: a light, which can dissipate the darkness of the darkest […]

The great tradition of holy Romanian icons

The great tradition of holy Romanian icons

Sacred Romanian icons are derived from ancient Byzantine tradition. It is a way of interpreting the sacred representation closer to western sensitivity compared to other forms of art of the same kind. Used colours are generally warm and intense, the outlines of a mobile and […]

The dove in Christian iconography

The dove in Christian iconography

Even before the birth of Jesus, the dove was considered an animal with a strong symbolic value. For the Greeks was a symbol of love and a messenger of the goddess Aphrodite. In Egypt, it was used as a shipping bird, to send messages. Among […]

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the highest and most evocative points within the Catholic Christian religion. Its symbolic and spiritual value is immense, as is the exact moment in which God held out his hand to men and gave them […]