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Author Bruce Nolan and The Times-Picayune

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The last time Matt Sloan saw Sylvia Blanchard’s house after he and Episcopal volunteer crews reclaimed it from Hurricane Katrina, the Blanchards were back in and it was neat, clean and smelling new. But it was raw, too, in the way of new construction: no greenery, no shade trees, no landscaping to […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told thousands of American Jewish leaders that Israel will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, and stands ready to negotiate a meaningful peace with Palestinians, but only if they guarantee Israeli security. Appearing before most of the 4,000 delegates at a meeting of the Jewish […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Some families may be debating whether to send kids out to trick-or-treat on Sunday night, but there’s no debate in Louisiana’s Livingston Parish, where local laws forbid the observance of Halloween on a Sunday. This year, for the first time, in unincorporated parts of the parish of 120,000, Halloween is on Monday, […] Read More

(RNS) With a light rain falling, hundreds of New Orleanians gathered at St. Louis Cathedral on Sunday (Aug. 29) afternoon to remember Hurricane Katrina in grief, gratitude and hope, in the words of New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond. A 45-minute ceremony in the cathedral on Jackson Square attracted clergy and members of eight world religions […] Read More