Solène Tadié is the Europe Correspondent for the National Catholic Register. She is French-Swiss and grew up in Paris. After graduating from Roma III University with a degree in journalism, she began reporting on Rome and the Vatican for Aleteia. She joined L’Osservatore Romano in 2015, where she successively worked for the French section and the Cultural pages of the Italian daily newspaper. She has also collaborated with several French-speaking Catholic media organizations. Solène has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, and recently translated in French (for Editions Salvator) Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy by the Acton Institute’s Fr. Robert Sirico.
As more and more countries have entered a lockdown period, depriving millions of Catholics worldwide of the Holy Eucharist, local parishes and Catholic associations are displaying a wealth of inventiveness to give support and infuse hope in the heart of the faithful.
One example is the Spanish online platform Católicos en Red, which has launched a virtual Catholic Music Festival within the framework of international digital campaign #StayHome (“#YoMeQuedoEnCasa” in Spain) to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
Started March 16 — with the support of the Spanish Episcopal Conference — the initiative is meant to “bring hope to those who are quarantined.” Every night at 8:30 p.m. (Spain time) until April 17, free 30-minute live concerts are being performed by Catholic artists on social networks, including Twitter and Instagram.
“Our temples are closed but the Church that we all are remains open,” the founder of Católicos en Red, Gabriel López Santamaría, told Vatican News. “Let’s give thanks that we have social networks as a means of communication and let’s not forget that these people have offered their time to keep us company,” he said.
In addition to brighten up the everyday lives of countless Catholics during the quarantine period, these musicians also seek to help civil and health authorities by encouraging people not to go out during the crisis.
The program and links to the different social media where each concert will be broadcast can be found here.