Monday, April 24

Memorial of Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest, martyr

Support a bono cause

Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1577-1622) was martyred during a time of great strife between Calvinists and Catholics in Switzerland. Fidelis had a special love of the poor, often giving away his warm clothing in winter. He studied law and was known as “advocate for the poor” because he took on the cases of people who had no one else to represent them. The “pro bono” tradition of free legal aid continues to this day. Legal aid societies in many communities help needy clients find lawyers who will represent them without charge. Consider supporting such a worthy cause in the name of Fidelis. Visit, a website of the American Bar Association, for more information.

Today’s readings: Acts 4:23-31; John 3:1-8 (267).
“Unless one is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

LCCB hope to abolish Louisiana's death penalty

It is time to affirm life without exception: The death penalty is not acceptable
(Statement issued April 18, 2017)

Three centuries ago in the year 1722 our state of Louisiana performed its first recorded legal execution. Since that act we have dealt with this stain of the death penalty carried out by our state in the names of its citizens. This current legislative session allows us in a renewed way to move beyond this dark reality of our state’s history and toward a state that affirms life without exception. Therefore the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops unequivocally supports both Senator Claitor’s SB 142 and Representatives Landry and Pylant’s HB 101.