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April 16, 2019

When Grace Hynes traveled to Paris in March 2016, she not only wanted to visit Notre-Dame. She also wanted to re-create an old photo of her grandfather, Joseph Hynes, posing in his military uniform in front of the Cathedral. France’s iconic cathedral suffered significant damage in a catastrophic fire Monday. In Paris, onlookers lined bridges over the Seine, some with tears in their eyes. Many people around the world mourned the damage on social media, including The World’s readers and listeners, who shared their photos and memories of visiting the centuries-old cathedral.

Also, Hernando Colón, the illegitimate son of colonizer Christopher Columbus, had an ambitious dream: to collect all of the world’s books in one library. Summaries of the volumes he gathered were distilled in the “Libro de los Epítomes,” or “The Book of Epitomes.” The repository had been lost to history for centuries. But the library was rediscovered at the Arnamagnæan Institute in Denmark last week. Edward Wilson-Lee, a professor at Cambridge University, spoke with The World about what this discovery means.

And Latina Rebels on Instagram has become a gathering place for Latinx women who self-identify as fiery, bold and unapologetic.

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The roof of the centuries-old cathedral caught fire Monday, causing the spire to collapse and devastating the landmark.

Hernando Colón was the illegitimate son of famed explorer Christopher Columbus. His love of books inspired him to attempt an ambitious dream: store all of the world’s books in one place. He summarized much of the information in his “Libro de los Epítomes,” which has recently been rediscovered.

Latina Rebels want to take control of what it means to be a Latina in the US today. Using memes and Instagram stories, they are sparking debate about hot button issues, documenting their experiences and providing Latinx activists a platform to share their work.

Images of Notre-Dame on fire have elicited an outpouring of grief around the world and online. This response raises the question of why we feel more connected to some heritage places than others.

The cover could incite further hate crimes against the congresswoman and Muslim Americans at a time when Islamophobia is already on the rise, says community organizer Debbie Almontaser.

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