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As parishioners and police respond to the threat of an armed intruder, clergy at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Abbeville, Louisiana take cover behind the altar on May 11, 2024.

Louisiana parishioners stop teen armed with rifle from entering first Communion Mass

May 12, 2024

By CNA Staff

Quick action by alert parishioners and local police are credited with averting a tragedy at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church... Read more


Priest sues Indiana diocese after ‘no evidence’ found in sex abuse investigation

Mar 14, 2024

By Daniel Payne

A priest in Indiana is suing his diocese for fraud and defamation after he was suspended over what the clergyman... Read more


Black Louisiana priest hospitalized after machete attack, race cited as possible motive

Jul 14, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Stephen Ugwu is being treated for lacerations to his head and body. Read more

Louisiana Catholic church vandalized with graffiti

Jan 8, 2020

Last weekend, the property of a Catholic church in Louisiana was vandalized with black spray paint, including symbols of a... Read more

Father Matthew Barzare blesses water at an airfield in Cow Island, La., Dec. 21, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Lafayette.

Rorate coeli désuper: Louisiana church blesses community from plane

Dec 24, 2019

Father Matthew Barzare blessed 100 gallons of water on the Ember Saturday of Advent, which was then loaded into a... Read more

Pastor Harry Richard of Greater Union Baptist Church, Bishop Douglas Deshotel of Lafayette, Pastor Gerald Toussaint of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Pastor Kyle Sylvester of St. Mary Baptist Church

Lafayette diocese donates $50k to Baptist churches destroyed by arson

Nov 4, 2019

Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana raised more than $50,000 for three black Baptist churches that were... Read more

Lafayette, LA police stand outside of the Grand Theater on July 23, 2015 after a gunman opened fire inside the theater.

After theater shooting, Lafayette bishop offers sympathy and prayer

Jul 24, 2015

Catholics in Louisiana are stunned by Thursday's deadly mass shooting at a Lafayette movie theater and are praying for those... Read more