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Prayer, music help celebrate World Refugee Day

Posted July 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator  

Dramatic shifts in national immigration and refugee policies have created a sense of confusion and fear among those who are in the country without legal status and among others attempting to navigate the bureaucratic minefields to enter through legal channels.  

The choir from the Christ the King Christian Center energized the crowd of more than 100 during a celebration of World Refugee Day on June 24 at the center. The day also offered prayer, Scripture readings and reflection. Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

 

Those new policies along with a much more stringent vetting process have caused seismic changes in the

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    Child nutrition program to be funded

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A third special session of the Louisiana Legislature proved to be the charm in securing more than $15 million in state funding for nonpublic schools.

    The legislators on June 24 broke what had been an almost six-month stalemate by agreeing to a .45-cent sales tax, replacing the temporary one-cent sales tax that had been approved in 2016 and expired June 30. Revenue from the new tax has allowed for the funding of child nutrition services and required services for nonpublic schools.

    “I was so very grateful and thankful,”

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    Bishops of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

    Posted July 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert E. Tracy was appointed the founding bishop for the newly formed Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1961. The bishop was installed Nov. 8, 1961 and served until his resignation on March 21, 1974.

    Bishop Tracy, born Sept. 14, 1909, in New Orleans was educated in

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    CCDBR earns high honor

    Posted July 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    From Staff Reports

    The Catholic Commentator

    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge was recognized nationally for its work with immigrants as the recipient of the 2018 Midsouth Pro Bono Champion Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

    AILA praised the agency for “tirelessly

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    Child nutrition program to be funded

    Posted July 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A third special session of the Louisiana Legislature proved to be the charm in securing more than $15 million in state funding for nonpublic schools.

    The legislators on June 24 broke what had been an almost six-month stalemate by

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    THE FINAL WORD

    Posted July 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Muench is ready to pass the ‘baton’
     

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

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    BISHOP MUENCH FLASHBACK

    Posted July 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench prays with disaster recovery workers from Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav in 2008. The bishop had to cope with several natural disasters while shepherding the Diocese of Baton Rouge,

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    ON THE MOVE

    Posted May 31, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Construction of the new Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is approximately 60 percent complete, officials said during a recent media tour. The freestanding hospital will feature more than 350,000 square feet of patient care space, one full floor dedicated to

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    Cristo Rey to receive new sports equipment

    Posted April 20, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Former LSU Tigers and NFL star Justin Vincent and UnitedHealthcare are donating new sports equipment to Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School to replace equipment that was damaged in the 2016 flood. The donation was made possible by a $10,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to Vincent’s Dreambuilders program. The Dreambuilders

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