New Orleans-area priests to lay out new vision

New Orleans-area priests to lay out new vision

Dozens of New Orleans-area Catholic priests will lay out a new vision for thousands of parishioners Sunday.

The vision is the result of a yearlong series of meetings with church leaders. Archbishop Gregory Aymond says those meetings call for a renewed effort to reach out to the disadvantaged. He said the five-pronged plan involves getting parishioners more involved in their faith. It also calls for stepped-up efforts to engage the poor and minorities in church activities.

The Archbishop said thanks to a directive from Pope Francis, a special emphasis will be placed on helping victims of human trafficking.

"He has said they are people who are often not seen, they live below the radar, and he says it's a pro-life issue. Their lives have been used and abused," said Aymond.

The Archbishop says the new outreach effort will work hand in hand with Catholic Charities, which helps hundreds of people both inside and outside of the church on a daily basis.

Again, the new directives will be spelled out at churches throughout the city this Sunday.

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