Archdiocese of New Orleans takes the "New Battle of New Orleans" to the streets

SCM • Mon, Oct 15 2012 at 7:00am
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5000 yard signs bearing the message, "Thou Shalt Not Kill" being distributed to church parishes this week.

For over a year, Catholics in the Archdiocese of New Orleans have recited Our Family Prayer at Sunday Mass.  It is a prayer that asks God’s help and guidance in the battle against violence, murder and racism in the New Orleans area.  Now, Archbishop Aymond and area Catholics are taking the “New Battle of New Orleans” to the streets by distributing 5,000 yard signs that simply read, “Thou shalt not kill’ – God”. 

“I want these signs to serve as a reminder to people that violence and murder are not the answers to a problem,” said the archbishop.  “I want area Catholics and non-Catholics who wish to join us to be able to proudly display the signs and in doing so, tell their neighbors, we are a people of peace, we do not accept or want violence in our neighborhoods.”

In addition to the 5,000 yard signs being distributed through area church parishes, two large “Thou shalt not kill” banners are being displayed on archdiocesan properties: one at the offices at 1000 Howard Ave. and another near the corner of Carrollton Ave. and Walmsley.  A third banner will bearing the same message will soon be displayed at St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter.

“It is important that we continue to pray and act to bring an end to violence in our community,” the archbishop wrote in a letter sent to all area parishes and priests this week. “Please continue to pray with me for our community and that the hearts of those who turn to violence may be turned towards God.”

The yard signs will be delivered to parishes the week of October 15 and then made available to parishioners through their parish at no charge.  Depending on demand, the Archdiocese of New Orleans may more available for order through the church parishes.