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.
Politics & Society DispatchesMelissa 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.
Politics & Society DispatchesMelissa 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.
Politics & Society DispatchesMelissa 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.”
Politics & Society DispatchesMelissa 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.”