Melissa Vida is America’s Brussels correspondent.
Prayers for Our Lady. Photo by Melissa Vida.
Faith Dispatches
Melissa VidaApril 19, 2019
The air was still thick with smoke and the ash burnt the eyes of the onlookers, who were relieved to see the cathedral still standing. For many Catholics, the coincidence of the blaze occurring at the start of Holy Week speaks of the greater mysteries of Easter.
Yellow Vest Protesters march near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on March 2. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Melissa VidaMarch 08, 2019
France’s Yellow Vest movement, sparked by a fuel tax increase, wants to be heard by the government. So do the students protesting climate change. The church says that both can find hope in “Laudato Si’.”
Faith Dispatches
Melissa VidaFebruary 05, 2019
Most of what we know about saints—from the most beloved to the most obscure—comes from the little-known Bollandist Society.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Melissa VidaOctober 15, 2018
For years, the Polish church has been torn between supporting the government’s anti-migrant stance and adopting Pope Francis’ commitment to foreigners.
A cobblestone barricade in Managua on April 21. (CNS photo/Jorge Torres, EPA) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Melissa VidaMay 08, 2018
The dialogue, for many students, is a way to hold the government accountable for the downward spiral of violence, which they blame on Mr. Ortega and his wife and Nicaragua’s vice-president, Rosario Murillo.
Protesters in San Salvador, El Salvador, demand that lawmakers provide water access to the poor in this July 2017 photo. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Melissa VidaApril 06, 2018
The archbishop of San Salvador says water is “monopolized and contaminated by industries,” and there needs to be a guarantee of access for “the multitudes.”
Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla clash with military police in the Policarpo Paz Garcia neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Jan. 20, 2018. Following a disputed election marred by irregularities, incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez was declared the victor and will be inaugurated on Jan. 27. The opposition does not recognize Hernandez's victory and are protesting against the result. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Melissa VidaJanuary 23, 2018
“You will see many protests during his mandate...because Honduras hasn’t fixed its age-old problems of inequality, exclusion, poor educational and health system, corruption and impunity.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Melissa VidaNovember 14, 2017
Impunity on the Jesuit slayings in El Salvador has prevailed for nearly 30 years as many high-profile and incriminated individuals are still tied to power.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Melissa VidaAugust 14, 2017
For newly appointed Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez, the time is right to revive Romero’s legacy in a country still battered by violence and poverty.