• How the dead danced with the living in medieval society

    How the dead danced with the living in medieval society

    • Oct 31, 2017

    Dance of Death (Danse Macabre) murals typically depicted decaying corpses dancing amid representative figures of late medieval society, ranked highest to lowest: A pope, an emperor, a bishop, a king, a cardinal, a knight and down to a beggar, all ambling diffidently toward their mortal end while the corpses frolic with lithe movements and gestures.

  • Irish folklife expert says Halloween traditions began in Ireland

    Irish folklife expert says Halloween traditions began in Ireland

    • Oct 19, 2017

    Father John McHale of Ireland says he never heard of evil spirits being around on Halloween night growing up, noting how the U.S. has influenced the holiday in Ireland. “What I did hear related to the souls of the family that needed prayer, because of the strong belief in purgatory and a belief in the power of indulgences to set them free from purgatory. You had that duty to make sure that you prayed for the souls of the dead on Nov. 2.”

  • When it comes to purgatory, the name says it all

    When it comes to purgatory, the name says it all

    • Nov 5, 2016

    The need of fellow believers who have died with the mark of faith is what compels other believers to pray for them.