St. John Neumann Church, in Reston, Va., is typical of suburban parishes in the United States—many of which are required to maintain large parking areas by local zoning laws. (Addison Del Mastro)
FaithShort Take
Addison Del Mastro
Supersized suburban churches may have no choice but to pour acres of asphalt but there are still ways to use that land more productively.
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Thomas Adamson, Associated PressJeffrey Schaeffer, Associated Press
Two years after a fire tore through Paris’ most famous cathedral and shocked the world, French President Emmanuel Macron visited the building site that Notre Dame has become to show that French heritage has not been forgotten despite the pandemic.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jason M. Baxter
What did Notre-Dame mean? What did it feel like to step into it in the Middle Ages?
FaithShort Take
Angelo Jesus Canta
Most parish bulletins look like someone’s junk drawer, writes Angelo Jesus Canta, but there are easy ways to make them more inviting to readers.
Tourists peer through protection panels securing a perimeter around the Notre Dame Cathedral ahead of the start of a massive lead decontamination in Paris, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
FaithDispatches
Melissa Vida
Msgr. Patrick Chauvet, the rector and archpriest of Notre-Dame, would like to restore the cathedral exactly as it had been before the fire. That would mean recreating the great wooden attic, nicknamed “the forest,” that was consumed in the blaze.
Light streams into St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish in Toronto. (Photo courtesy of Larkin Architect Limited)
FaithDispatches
Dean Dettloff
The daily light show at St. Gabriel's in Toronto is not just aesthetically moving, writes Dean Dettloff. It is part of a church design that reminds us of human dependence on the earth.