Diversity Lines the Walls at Church of St. Francis Xavier

Ahead of the Sunday, June 12, 11:30 a.m. Mass at The Church of St. Francis Xavier, Ann Harris Jacobs spent time appreciating the 12 newly unveiled portraits of diverse saints and holy people that lined the church walls, and the newfound sense of welcoming that came with them. 

Pope Advances Sainthood Causes, Including Salesian Brother

Pope Francis recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Artémides Zatti, a Salesian brother who was a pharmacist in Argentina and known for his care for the sick; the miracle clears the way for his canonization.

Five Louisiana Priests Who Died in 1873 Pandemic Considered for Sainthood

After Father Peter Mangum anointed a 98-year-old woman who had COVID-19, he couldn’t help but think of five French priests who sacrificed their lives to care for the sick through a yellow fever epidemic in the late nineteenth century. The Shreveport priest then thought of Fathers Jean Pierre, Narcisse Le Biler, François Le Vézouët, Isidore Quémerias and Louis Marie Gergaud – the French priests who came to Louisiana during the 1873 yellow fever epidemic.