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4:55 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Catholic Bishops Gather In New Orleans For Spring Meeting

Roman Catholic bishops will meet in New Orleans Wednesday for the Spring General Assembly.
Wally Gobetz Flickr

Roman Catholic bishops from around the United States will meet Wednesday through Friday in New Orleans for their annual Spring General Assembly.

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.

The bishops will also get an annual progress report on efforts to prevent the sexual abuse of children.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops holds the events twice a year.

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10:47 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Louisiana Lawmaker Pulls Bill To Make Bible State's Official Book

A parishioner holds the Holy Bible during a service. A Louisiana bill that would have made the Bible the state's official book has been withdrawn.
Kevin Rivoli The Post-Standard /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:12 pm

The sponsor of a bill to make the Holy Bible the official book of Louisiana has withdrawn the measure ahead of a full vote in the state House of Representatives, saying the proposal has become a distraction.

As we reported last week, a mix of Republicans and Democrats had moved the largely symbolic bill, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Carmody of Shreveport, out of committee on an 8-5 vote.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Would You Vote Against the Bible?

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:40 am

  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.

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1:27 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

Hurricane Katrina holdout Hazzert Gillett reads his Bible in his New Orleans home in September 2005. The state's Legislature is considering a bill to make the Holy Bible the official state book.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:58 pm

The "Good Book" could become the official book of Louisiana if a bill sent to the state's Legislature passes in a vote that could come as early as this week.

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7:26 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

First General Synod Held In New Orleans In 27 Years

The Ninth General Synod for the archdiocese of New Orleans opens Tuesday at the St. Louis Cathedral.
Wally Gobetz Flickr

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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Bring Your Own
10:43 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Down To The River'

The Triana Bridge at night in Seville, Spain.
Credit Wilomanso / Wikimedia commons

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
3:46 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Songs For The Soul

Remnants of Mardi Gras
Credit Treewoman8 / Flickr

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.

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 do to make it right?"

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12:07 am
Sun January 12, 2014

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. The structure was demolished in October.
Pam Folse Our Lady of Peace

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 11:53 am

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.

Some members of the parish say that was long overdue.

When the bathroom building went up in 1959, one set of doors was painted white; the others were a different color. Ushers would follow black parishioners outside to make sure they entered the correct door.

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WRKF
5:37 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Segregated Church Bathroom Torn Down

A bulldozer tosses the old bathroom at Our Lady of Peace Catholic church.
Pam Folse

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 11:17 am

The parishioners of Our Lady of Peace 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.

For decades, the old bathroom building behind the 113-year-old Catholic church stood like a monument to segregation. A few months back, some members of the community started talking about racism in the church and concluded that bathroom needed to come down.

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NolaVie
4:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

BYOB Square Dancing, And Change, At First Presbyterian Church

Square dancing in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church on Claiborne Ave.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

The 195 year-old First Presbyterian Church in Broadmoor is growing. It's 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? 

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