New Orleans archbishop orders school calendars changed to keep Sundays free

Details:  After months of nudging Catholics to reclaim Sunday as a day to attend Mass and spend time with family, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond is mandating that Catholic schools clear their calendars that day each week. Aymond began asking schools last year to tweak practice schedules and reschedule social events so harried families could [Read More...]

Some logo ideas for the New Orleans Pelicans…

You may remember that I posted on the unusual new name being proposed for New Orleans’ basketball team. Now, a contest is underway to pick the new team logo. Who knew there were so many ways to draw a pelican?  Check ‘em out and cast your vote here. [Read more...]

If they become the New Orleans Pelicans, this basketball team will be the first named for a Eucharistic symbol

I suspect most fans won’t be aware of this—and it’s probably not the sort of thing franchise owners would publicize—but the folks changing the name of the New Orleans Hornets to the New Orleans Pelicans are giving the team a profoundly Catholic, even Eucharistic, name. I first posted on this over the summer, referring to [Read More...]

A prayer for the New Orleans Saints

Will this help? Here is part of the prayer composed for and the New Orleans Saints by Fr. Tony Ricard Director of Campus Ministry, St. Augustine High School, and New Orleans Saints Catholic team chaplain: God of All Grace, on this sacred day, the Who Dat Nation comes before you giving all honor and [Read More...]

Another giant falls: New Orleans paper may cease daily publication

Grim news in the media world: The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print publishing schedule, according to two employees with knowledge of the plans. Newhouse Newspapers, which owns the Times-Picayune, will apparently [Read More...]

This is what you get for spending a lot of time around Saints

New Orleans Saints Owner Tom Benson and his wife, Gayle Benson have received from Pope Benedict XVI the highest papal award granted to a layperson. Details, from the New Orleans Clarion Herald: This special papal recognition was granted by the pope at the request of Oblate Bishop Michael Pfeifer, O.M.I., of the Diocese of San Angelo, Texas, [Read More...]

The hole in the floor: the burial of bishops in cathedrals

With Archbishop Philip Hannan’s funeral set for Thursday in New Orleans, the local paper looks at a venerable tradition surrounding the burial of bishops: After his funeral Mass, Hannan’s remains will be lowered into a crypt below the crimson carpet in the sanctuary in front of the altar, where he will lie alongside eight predecessors. [Read More...]

Archbishop Philip Hannan dies

Another giant is gone.  Details: Philip Matthew Hannan, the archbishop who built an ever-widening network of services for the poor during nearly a quarter-century as the pastor of nearly a half-million New Orleans’ Catholics, died Thursday at 3 a.m. at Chateau de Notre Dame, the Archdiocese of New Orleans said. He was 98. Archbishop Hannan [Read More...]

Just in time for Mardi Gras, here's a different take on New Orleans

A former colleague of mine from CBS, Richard Barber, is working on a documentary about the high school Mardi Gras bands of New Orleans — and yesterday he sent me this new preview of the film, “The Whole Gritty City.” It looks amazing. Check out the clip below.  And  visit the website for more information [Read More...]

"Before I die, I want to…"

…what?  How would you finish that sentence? An artist in New Orleans has created a special installation around an abandoned building, and asked people to fill in the blanks: Check out the rest of the installation.  Clearly, this is something designed to provoke comment, and thought, and more than a little introspection. [Read more...]