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Shreveport-Bossier City is home to more than 900 churches.

A new Shreveport nonprofit aims to unite as many of them as possible to deploy a more coordinated response to assist people who turn to them in crisis.

The FaithWorks board of directors, which formed two years ago, is set to open a call center Tuesday, May 26, that will coordinate resources among churches, according to Laura Vaughan director of discipleship for Broadmoor United Methodist Church and FaithWorks president.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is hosting a much anticipated and much talked about prayer rally Saturday. WRKF’s state government reporter, Sue Lincoln discusses what it’s all about.


The Archdiocese of New Orleans announced Wednesday that it will close three schools because of low enrollment.

Nola.com/the Times Picayune reports the schools that will shut at the end of the current school year are the Holy Ghost in New Orleans, St. Agnes in Jefferson and Our Lady of Grace in Reserve. 

The schools will continue with full staff for the rest of the academic year. 

Roman Catholic school enrollment dropped 25 percent in the greater New Orleans area from 2003 to 2013.

The archdiocese closed more than 20 of its 100-plus schools during that decade.

The Jewish Temple in Alexandria will celebrate two milestones Sunday, Sept. 21.

Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim is turning 155 years old. Sunday also will mark the unveiling of a bronze plaque. The Temple is now on the National Register of Historic Places as a notable example of the mid-century modern style of architecture.

Catholic Bishops Gather In New Orleans For Spring Meeting

Jun 10, 2014
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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.

The sponsor of a bill to make the Holy Bible the official book of Louisiana has withdrawn the measure ahead of a full vote in the state House of Representatives, saying the proposal has become a distraction.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

  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.

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.

First General Synod Held In New Orleans In 27 Years

Apr 14, 2014
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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.

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Down To The River'

Apr 2, 2014
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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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