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Immigration and Multiculturalism in Italy: The Religious Experience of the Peruvian Community in the Eternal City

Department Scienze della Formazione, Università Roma Tre, 00185 Rome, Italy
Religions 2019, 10(8), 478; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10080478
Received: 5 July 2019 / Revised: 6 August 2019 / Accepted: 8 August 2019 / Published: 14 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion in Latin America, and among Latinos abroad.)
The present study on the religious experience of the Peruvian community in Rome belongs to the area of studies on immigration, multiculturalism, and religion in Italy. In this article, I analyze the devotion of the Peruvian community in Rome to “the Lord of Miracles”. This pious tradition, which venerates the image of Christ crucified—painted by an Angolan slave—began in 1651 in Lima, during the Viceroyalty of Peru. Today, the sacred image is venerated in countries all over the world that host Peruvian immigrant communities that have set up branches of the Confraternity of the Lord of Miracles. I examine, in particular, the cult of el Señor de los Milagros in Rome in terms of Peruvian popular religiosity and national identity experienced within a transnational context. This essay serves two purposes: The first is to analyze the significance that this religious experience acquires in a foreign environment while maintaining links with its country of origin and its cultural traditions in a multilocal environment. The second aim is to examine the integration of the Peruvian community into Italian society, beginning with religious practice, in this case Roman Catholicism. This kind of religiosity seems not only to favor the encounter between the two cultures but also to render Italian Roman Catholicism multicultural. View Full-Text
Keywords: immigration; Peru; popular religion; the Lord of Miracles; multiculturalism; Rome immigration; Peru; popular religion; the Lord of Miracles; multiculturalism; Rome
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Roldán, V. Immigration and Multiculturalism in Italy: The Religious Experience of the Peruvian Community in the Eternal City. Religions 2019, 10, 478.

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