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Homily of Pope Francis On the occasion of the Day of Confraternities and Popular Piety on 5 May 2013
2006 Black Blood Brothers: Confraternities and Social Mobility for Afro-Mexicans.
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the Novo-Hispanic congregations and confraternities from the eighteenth century.
The documents shed light, inter alia, on that most interesting of pre-Reformation phenomena, confraternities whose prime purpose was the provision of suffrages, perpetual commemorations for the repose of the souls of departed brothers ('pro fratribus defunctis domorum suarum suffragia in missis, psalmis et orationibus facere').
The confraternities existed throughout Latin American under the auspices of Catholic religious orders and parish churches.
Although relying, like all confraternities, on male clerics for spiritual direction, the founders and overseers of the Pieta were laywomen, drawn from assorted ranks of a stratified urban society and most of them contributing fairly small sums.
Sodalities and confraternities are pious associations that had their beginnings in the early Middle Ages.
The book's chapters examine the development of schooling supported by the commune, lay confraternities, religious orders, the episcopate, and parents.
Iaroslav Isaievych, Voluntary Brotherhood: Confraternities of Laymen in Early Modern Ukraine.
Over the past two or three decades, scholarship on confraternities in Italy has moved beyond simple description of the devotional activities of these voluntary religious groups to more complex analysis of their political, social, and cultural functions.
the bishop-educator and promoter of a "popular" and active dimension of the Counter-reformation; the new Church, with its hierarchical and centralised organisation, aimed not at abusing, but at disciplining and supporting Christian people; the clergy, which was spread across the territory through churches, parishes, and monasteries as well as secular confraternities, and which merged into spiritual animation, education and assistance towards the faithful.
He finds that much of the conflict involved disputes over religious fees, the use of forced Indian labor, the growth of financial obligations associated with religious confraternities, and the assessment and collection of Indian tithes.