New Orleans’ 300th anniversary will highlight Catholicism’s impact on city, women’s contributions
By Eric Althoff – The Washington Times – Thursday, November 23, 2017
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New Orleans will not be ringing in its tricentennial quietly. The city famous for its Mardi Gras parties, hurricane rum drinks and nightly bacchanal has a year of events planned to mark the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding in 1718 by French explorers.
As important to the Big Easy’s history has been the influence of the Catholic Church. Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded the St. Louis Cathedral Church, which served as the missionary center of Catholicism from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes (Detroit was also a French settlement) and within the Mississippi Valley.
An exhibit is now open called “The Church in the Crescent: Three Hundred Years of Catholicism in New Orleans,” and will run through June 30.
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Interesting to see Holy Mother Church’s in the news for something other than a scandal.
Maybe someone will report on the exhibit and if it’s a fair representation.
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