George Weigel: Catholics draw others through friendship with Christ

With the weakening of cultural Catholicism over the last 40 years, American Catholics are being asked to play new and “unexpected roles” as they embrace the new evangelization called for so boldly by Pope John Paul II at the end of the second millennium, author George Weigel told the annual Catholic Foundation Dinner of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Nov. 19.

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John Laborde to receive Pope John Paul II Award from Catholic Foundation

For nearly 40 years, John P. Laborde successfully propelled Tidewater Inc. to its lofty status as the world’s largest owner and operator of vessels serving the oil and natural gas industry.

A devout Catholic from his childhood in Avoyelles Parish, Laborde was ready to listen when another energetic leader – Archbishop Philip M. Hannan – came to the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1965 and painted a vision of what the church needed to do to promote the kingdom of God in the entire community.

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