Elisabeth Auvillain is a French freelance writer who lives in Paris, where she was born and raised. She started her career in London then lived in Austria, Switzerland, Pakistan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Germany before coming back to France. She worked mainly as a correspondent for the French Catholic daily La Croix and for Radio France Internationale. She is married to American journalist and NCR contributor Tom Heneghan.
Professor Matthieu Brejon de Lavergnée teaches at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the author of The Streets as a Cloister: History of the Daughters of Charity, which gives a lively account of the first two centuries of existence of this original community; a second volume covering the 19th and 20th centuries, is coming out in English in 2021 or 2022.
The spirituality of love unites Christians and Muslims working at and being served by Sister Marie Stella's association, which provides support to nearly 1,500 children, mostly orphans from AIDS, and to other people who are living with HIV.
"What support the church provides in normal times no longer exists, is no longer directly accessible," says Sr. Véronique Margron, as France lives under government restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The Hospitaller Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the association she founded, Vivre dans l'Espérance, which cares for orphans and AIDS patients in Dapaong in northern Togo. The development of the association and the discovery of new treatments for HIV/AIDS has led her and her team to apply for nongovernmental organization status at the United Nations.