Politics & Society DispatchesMelissa VidaJanuary 28, 2020
Jesuits in Belgium wanted to launch a new school that would reach less-affluent communities, but they were also keenly interested in connecting with “people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.”
Faith DispatchesMelissa 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.
Faith DispatchesMelissa 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.
Politics & Society Dispatches
After another record-breaking heatwave, will Europe take the lead in the fight against climate change?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.
Politics & Society DispatchesMelissa 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.
Politics & Society DispatchesMelissa 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.
Politics & Society DispatchesMelissa 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.
Faith DispatchesMelissa 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.
Politics & Society DispatchesMelissa 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 DispatchesMelissa 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.