Ajani Gibson: How I got into position to exchange zucchettos with Pope Francis

ROME – Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 – what an incredible day!

Arriving at St. Peter’s Square at 6 a.m. and sprinting to the coveted seats along the barricade are a part of my normal routine for papal events in the square, but swapping zucchettos with Pope Francis was not included in the plan for that day.

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Funeral arrangements set for Fr. Michael Jacques

Funeral services for Edmundite Father Michael Jacques, pastor of St. Peter Claver Church who died June 7, are as follows:

June 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Prayer service for parishioners and priests, St. Peter Claver Church, 1923 St. Philip St., New Orleans. (Father Jacques' remains will not be present for this service.)

June 14, 1 to 6:15 p.m.: Visitation, 4th Degree Knights of Peter Claver ritual

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Fr. Jacques: Church could energize a community

The Gospel is messy business. Night after night in the early 1990s, Edmundite Father Michael Jacques tried coaxing himself to sleep in his rectory bedroom to the left of St. Peter Claver Church in New Orleans.

Instead of counting sheep, he counted bullets.

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