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Melissa Vida is America’s Brussels correspondent.
Faith Dispatches
Melissa VidaOctober 14, 2019
On Oct. 14, 2018, he was canonized by Pope Francis. Today, Salvadorans ask themselves what the transition from “Msgr. Romero”—what he has been called in El Salvador for decades—to “St. Romero” means for his legacy.
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)
Faith Dispatches
Melissa VidaSeptember 06, 2019
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.
People enjoy the sun and the fountains of the Trocadero gardens in Paris, on Thursday July 25, 2019, when a new all-time high temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius (108.7 F) hit the French capital. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Melissa VidaAugust 02, 2019
People fainted on public transport in England. In Paris schools postponed exams, and the heat wave aggravated wildfires in Spain and Portugal. In Scandinavia it hastened Arctic melt.
President Nayib Bukele and his wife Gabriela at the inaugural in Plaza Barrios in San Salvador, El Salvador, June 1, 2019. Official twitter account
Politics & Society Dispatches
Melissa VidaJune 12, 2019
Salvadorans have high hopes for the new president’s leadership. El Salvador suffers one of the world’s highest murder rates, and a third of its population lives below the poverty line.
A Latin American family gathers at Notre Dame aux Riches Claires in Brussels. Photo by Melissa Vida.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Melissa VidaJune 04, 2019
In a country where the Hispanic community is dispersed and Latin American restaurants and organizations are few, Notre Dame aux Riches Claires is the go-to gathering place for migrants and refugees who want to be reminded of home.
People walk past a sculpture with the Euro currency logo outside the European Parliament building in Brussels on May 15, 2019. Europeans from 28 countries will head to the polls May 23-26 to choose lawmakers to represent them at the European Parliament for the next five years. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Melissa VidaMay 16, 2019
The far right has been splintered among several parties in the European Parliament. But if the movement wins more seats and unites behind a pan-European party, it could become decisive in continental politics.
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.