faith

Thomas Walsh / WWNO

The Dalai Lama has wrapped up his first visit to New Orleans. He brought a message of peace and compassion.

<a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-650296p1.html?cr=00&pl=edit-00">vipflash</a> / <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/?cr=00&pl=edit-00">Shutterstock.com</a>

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.

Tulane University

Most New Orleanians have probably heard that the Dalai Lama is in town this week. But perhaps you do not know of the work it took to bring the spiritual leader of 6 million Tibetan Buddhists to this city.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Ronald Marks, the Tulane scholar who organized the visit.

Jim talks with child welfare specialist Dr. Mark Courtney, from the University of Chicago, about foster care in Louisiana, and the challenges and problems therein. He's joined by Dana Hunter, from LSU's School of Social Work.

Advertising executive Hunter Territo, President of the American Advertising Federation - Baton Rouge, discusses the latest news on Governor Jindal's proposed tax reforms, and a threatened tax on media advertising.

Dan Borne, President of The LA Chemical Association and a deacon in the Catholic Church, talks about the new pontiff, Pope Francis I.

As the Vatican is closing its doors today for cardinals to select a new pope, the New Orleans Museum of Art is opening a show that looks back at the legacy of Pope John Paul II. The exhibit features the art and artifacts of his time.

Rev. Timothy Keller gets the show started by discussing Christianity in America and the world today.

Jim talks with Baton Rouge state Representative Ted James and Andrew Muhl, with the American Cancer Society, about Governor Jindal's plans to raise tobacco taxes as part of his big tax reforms.


Alligator for Lent

Mar 5, 2013
Maureen McMurray / WWNO

If you live in Southern Louisiana you don’t have to be Catholic to know that the Friday Fish is a New Orleans tradition. From fried catfish to potato salad and savory sides, there are plenty of meatless options for the faithful foodies.

But what if you’re just not in the mood for fish on Friday? Well, there are some less obvious Lenten options in the Crescent City.

The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans Church in Shreveport is hosting a Roman Catholic priest from Rwanda who will speak about forgiveness during weekend events. Rev. Ubald Rugirangoga lost 80 family members to Rwanda’s ethnic strife, beginning in 1963 with his father’s murder. He says more than 45,000 of his parishioners were killed in the genocide. Today, Rugirangoga is invited to speak around the world about how he has been able to forgive the killers and find inner peace.

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's top astronomer has some assurances to offer: The world won't be ending on Dec. 21, despite predictions to the contrary.

The Rev. Jose Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, wrote in last Wednesday's Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that "it's not even worth discussing" doomsday scenarios based on the Mayan calendar that are flooding the Internet ahead of the purported Dec. 21 apocalypse.

Tulane University

The Dalai Lama is coming to New Orleans to deliver the keynote address at the Tulane University graduation ceremony, May 18 at the Superdome.

Pages