Soli Salgado is a staff writer for Global Sisters Report, often covering issues related to Hispanic communities and social justice. She joined the NCR team as a Bertelsen intern in 2015. Born in Buenos Aires and raised in Wichita, Kansas, she graduated from the University of Kansas in 2013 with degrees in journalism, English literature and Spanish. Her reporting has received several Catholic Press Awards.
With parish and diocesan encuentros wrapped up, diocesan delegates have moved on to the regional level of the V Encuentro — a four-year grassroots consultation with Hispanic Catholics throughout the United States. Representatives from 14 out of the 15 dioceses throughout Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa gathered April 27-29 to talk about Hispanic Catholics in the heartland.
Research team finds there are 23,000 U.S.-born Hispanic Catholics for every U.S.-born Hispanic priest, and that 55 percent of Catholics younger than 14 are Hispanic.
Global Sisters Report: Following decades of repression, the Catholic Church in Cuba has been slowly rebuilding in the last 20 years. Through work by the sisters and other programs, the church extends its reach beyond parishes, though care is taken to not draw too much attention from government officials.
Encuentro Eclesial is a recurring event that brings together Cuban bishops, priests, women religious and laypeople in both the U.S. and Cuba. The two groups have established friendship through 20 years of connection.