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Flames and smoke billow from the Notre-Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out in Paris on April 15, 2019.
FaithShort Take
Doug Girardot
Like many parish churches built in the 1970s and ’80s, the Notre-Dame redesign seems to take its inspiration from sensibilities unique to our own decades, rather than drawing on time-tested understandings of God.
Arts & CultureIdeas
André Wangard
Cathedrals and basilicas have become a part of urban culture and are fertile ground for creatively sharing the faith, as seen in Montreal’s Basilica of Notre-Dame.
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.
Politics & SocietyNews
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.