I was preaching in June after the Orlando event about the new normal and how we are all beginners. I was going to speak about summer beach reading and instead I was (again) talking about public violence. As I arrived at my main point -- life is going to be a lot about interruption for a while to come -- that’s when someone’s cell phone went off, unprogrammed. It gave us the good laugh we needed.
Officials of the Baton Rouge diocese’s Hispanic Apostolate expressed concern about encounters with the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security via email and a personal visit in the days following August's historic flooding.
Julia Scarnato, who recently joined the apostolate staff, and Fr. Eliecer Montanez-Grimaldos, chaplain, questioned if the government agency may have been using the office as an unwilling conduit to track down and arrest immigrants living in the country illegally.
Eco Catholic: Catholics are joining fellow Christians in the celebration that runs from the Sept. 1 day of prayer through Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
Eco Catholic: The DeRouens run a hospitality house for inmates and their families; after the flood, they lost their own.
Eco Catholic: More than 9,000 households and renters have applied for federal assistance to rebuild following the state's third-deadliest flood.
Eco Catholic: Allowing people to drink unsafe water or have no access to dependable, clean sources of water is shameful, Cardinal Peter Turkson told religious leaders.
Eco Catholic: While the floodwaters have receded, its impact upon the lives of Louisian residents will linger for some time.
Eco Catholic: At least 13 people died in the floods, with estimates of at least 60,000 homes damaged and recovery costs of $30 million.
Eco Catholic: It was an historic day in the nation when Donna Schaper found herself in a seminar and asked to examine a leaf.
Eco Catholic: Residents are slowly rebuilding after an April earthquake killed more than 670 people and left as many as 80,000 homeless.