Archbishop Gregory Aymond

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A synod is a gathering of Catholic priests and parishioners with the objective of sharing ideas.

The last general synod meeting in New Orleans lasted seven years and concluded in 1987, the same year Pope John Paul II came to visit the city.

On Tuesday, Archbishop Gregory Aymond will open the new synod, which will be the Ninth General Synod for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, in a ceremony after the annual Chrism Mass, which starts at 10 a.m. in St. Louis Cathedral.

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On Friday, the Dalai Lama will be giving the first of two public talks at the New Orleans theatre in the Convention Center. For many, the Dalai Lama’s visit is reminiscent of the last major religious leader to pass through New Orleans 25 years ago.

When Pope John Paul II visited New Orleans in 1987 it was described as the Super Bowl of all Super Bowls.

25 years later, Archbishop Gregory Aymond remembers it well.