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The Barcelona St George Romanian Orthodox Parish began building their church in 2011 at C/ Capella Street 25. The work was supposed to last 18 months but it is still going on.

The church, which is on a small but well-located piece of land, lies in a street which has very little traffic but is very close to the Camp de l’Arpa metro station. It is divided into three clearly differentiated spaces: a basement with multipurpose classrooms that also serve as a function room for cultural...

#CelebremBCN. Festes i diversitat cultural: Nagar Kirtan

On Sunday November 5, the Sikh community of Barcelona met on the streets to celebrate the birth of its founder, Guru Nanak, and share the celebration with neighbours and walkers. Guru Nanak Jevi (1469-1539), was born in present-day Pakistan, in a villa called Talwandi, which today is known by the name of Nankana Sahib. The commemoration of its birth is one of the main festivities of the Sikh community, originated in the Punjab region, and it is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm for...

The history of Protestantism, as well as the history of Catalan Protestantism, is part of our shared history, although unknown by the vast majority in our milieu until quite recently. Because, as Dr. Justo L. González reminds us, “the primary reason for studying history is that the present cannot be understood without it" (1).

The first thing to note is that the Protestant Reformation never reached Catalonia. Provided, that is, we understand ‘Reformation’ by its original meaning: the...

The Protestant Reformation in the 16th century did not only represent a major shift in religious paradigms. Religious, political and social reforms all came together and fed into each other to sew the seed for a shift towards modernity that was knocking at the doors of Europe.

In the 16th century, the vast majority of the population was illiterate, only those with a high enough position in society could afford to read and write. And often, most literate people could be found in...

Everyone knows about Martin Luther King Jr. and his struggle for African-American rights in the United States, or Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his fight against apartheid, who both won the Nobel Peace Prize. We are also familiar with the Amish community's anachronistic and pacifist image, which we have seen in movies. But the work of the Quakers, Mennonites and other Protestant churches as mediators in conflicts around the world is not as well known. However, it is still highly valued by...

Unfortunately, five hundred years had to pass before it was recognised that the proposals made by the 16th century Protestant Reformation (of which Luther was a prophetic voice) were not heretical but the conclusions of a spiritual search for the Christian message based on the sacred scriptures. Luther, along with other reformers before and after him, worked to build a more authentic evangelical church with less intervention from the mundane world. To achieve this, the Reformation was...

In the Middle Ages the Catholic church had grown to be very powerful and it was out of touch with the people. There were several attempts to drive reforms (such as the Waldensians, Cathars and Hussites). With the social and cultural changes at the end of the Middle Ages, it was a monk who managed to successfully pull off a reform of the ecclesiastical system with support ex officio from the German princes who refused to accept papal taxation and protection.

Martin Luther was...

Homenatge inclusiu i plural per la pau

On 24 August the Maritime Museum of Barcelona held a ceremony open to different religious faiths, laypeople and atheists in memory of the victims of the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. The ceremony, an initiative by Barcelona City Council and the Government of Catalonia, sought to provide a diverse space of remembrance for all of the victims, from many different traditions, faiths, and countries.

The ceremony was organised jointly by Barcelona City Council and the Directorate...

To understand the difference between the calendars of the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, we have to look at the differences between the Julian and the Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar is the one that was introduced in the year 46 BC by Julius Caesar to all of the Roman Empire, and it is the calendar that was used during the life of Jesus Christ and at the time of the early Church. Over time this calendar developed an error in relation to the astronomical calendar, and...

Centre Budista

One of the jobs the Religious Affairs Office is tasked with is presenting and disseminating the religious diversity found in Barcelona. It was with this aim and at the request of the Ciutat Vella District's Educational Resources Centre that the “Places of worship, spaces to discover” educational unit was established in 2008, to give third- and fourth-year compulsory secondary school (ESO) students access to the reality of religious diversity of their area, through visits to various religious...

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