faith en Catholic Bishops Gather In New Orleans For Spring Meeting <p>Roman Catholic bishops from around the United States will meet Wednesday through Friday in New Orleans for their annual Spring General Assembly.<br /><br />On the agenda is a discussion of the economy and its impact on marriage, helping typhoon victims and preparing for upcoming church-sponsored events on family life.</p><p>The bishops will also get an annual progress report on efforts to prevent the sexual abuse of children.<br /><br />The <a href="">U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops</a> holds the events twice a year.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:55:36 +0000 Janaya Williams 62267 at Louisiana Lawmaker Pulls Bill To Make Bible State's Official Book The sponsor of a bill to make the Holy Bible the official book of Louisiana has withdrawn the measure ahead of a full vote in the state House of Representatives, saying the proposal has become a distraction.<p>As <a href="">we reported last week</a>, a mix of Republicans and Democrats had moved the largely symbolic bill, sponsored by Rep. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 59079 at Would You Vote Against the Bible? <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>When legislators return from their four-day Easter recess this afternoon, the full House will take up a rather controversial bill—naming “the Holy Bible” as the official state book of Louisiana.<p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 58944 at Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book The "Good Book" could become the official book of Louisiana if a <a href="">bill sent to the state's Legislature</a> passes in a vote that could come as early as this week.<p>The Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee of the <a href="">Louisiana House of Representatives</a> voted 8-5 on April 10 to forward a measure that would make the Holy Bible the state's official book. It's a symbolic designation similar to choosing a state bird or state flower. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 58653 at First General Synod Held In New Orleans In 27 Years <p><font><font>A synod is a gathering of Catholic priests and parishioners with the objective of sharing ideas.</font></font></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:26:12 +0000 Janaya Williams 58518 at Bring Your Own Presents: 'Down To The River' <p><a href="" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Bring Your Own&nbsp;</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">is&nbsp;a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:43:04 +0000 Lindsey Bottinger 57576 at Songs For The Soul <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The excesses of the Carnival season are over. So this week, we're playing sacred music with a foothold in Louisiana. Some songs are religious. Some are not. But they're guaranteed to help you get ready for Easter, or Passover, or whatever day you have circled on the calendar.</span></p><p>Mahalia Jackson, John Boutté, Branford Marsalis, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Davell Crawford are in the mix. And so is the brass band that wants to know, "Whatcha gonna do for the rest of your life? Whatcha gonna&nbsp;do to make it right?"</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:46:20 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 55246 at The Church Bathroom That Stood As A Monument To A Segregated Past The old bathroom building behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in rural Vacherie, La., was little more than a shack. Hurricane Rita almost knocked it down in 2005. It finally got bulldozed in October.<p>Some members of the parish say that was long overdue.<p>When the bathroom building went up in 1959, one set of doors was painted white; the others were a different color. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 06:07:22 +0000 Amy Jeffries 51973 at Segregated Church Bathroom Torn Down The parishioners of<a href="" target="_blank"> Our Lady of Peace</a> in the small plantation town of Vacherie can’t wait to get into their church’s new bathroom building. But for some poorly placed air conditioners, they would have dedicated the building last month.<p>For decades, the old bathroom building behind the 113-year-old Catholic church stood like a monument to segregation. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:37:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 49959 at BYOB Square Dancing, And Change, At First Presbyterian Church <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 195 year-old </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">First Presbyterian Church</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broadmoor</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is growing. It's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in no small part thanks to a new pastor, who is reaching out to new communities and luring more people with special events. Like a square dance. With red beans... and beer... in a church?&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 48770 at