Never before published sacramental records from St. Louis Cathedral paint a picture of church life before Louisiana was a state.

Saving the souls of the slaves:

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has done something historic, with a hi-tech twist. Centuries old records of slaves and free people of color in New Orleans are now available on its website.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond wanted this unveiling of years of work to be a tribute to the struggles of African-Americans on this first day of Black History Month.

“To read in a history book is one thing but to look at this and say ‘this is a person, a person that has a name and didn’t even have a surname.’ It says a great deal,” Aymond said.

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Editor’s note: People often criticize the Bible for portraying slavery, yet those same people fail to realize that the primary mission of Jesus Christ (and his universal Church) is to free mankind from eternal slavery to Satan, sin, and death.

Slavery is a terrible thing. In fact, the only thing worse than human slavery (which is at least, finite and temporary) is the eternal slavery of a supernatural kind, which was in-store for all of us, if Jesus Christ had not come and destroyed Satan’s power, re-opened the Gates of Heaven, and made the peace between man and God.

The Catholic Church has been in the business of savings souls … no matter whether those souls belonged to free men or to slaves … since the very beginning. And it also did whatever was in its power to bring an end to slavery, on this earth.

Perhaps the Archdiocese of New Orleans on-line registry will help put all those efforts in the proper perspective.