DIOCESE OF BATON ROUGE

Funeral arrangements announced for Rev. Than Vu; death called 'a tremendous loss' for community

Advocate staff photo by Liz Condo. Photo shot on 04/01/10. Trax No. 00021117A / Father Than Vu, center, pastor of Christ the King Catholic church, washes the foot of a member of his congregation with the help of Kathy Screen, left, and Kendrick Roberson, 13, right, during Holy Thursday mass. The tradition of foot washing on Holy Thursday is drawn from a Bible story in which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. Father Matt Lorrain of Christ the King says the Holy Thursday mass celebrates the institution of the Eucharist and the institution of the priesthood in the Catholic faith.

The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge’s website is reporting the death early Wednesday morning of St. Aloysius Parish pastor and diocesan vicar general the Very Rev. Than Ngoc Vu. The website said Than, 56, succumbed peacefully after a long battle with cancer. Than died around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. “It’s a tremendous loss,” said Rev. Paul… Continue reading →

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Advocate staff photo by ELLYN COUVILLION - A memorial set up by a family member at the Donaldsonville home of Chad Nichols, who was slain there on Monday.

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Breaux Bridge woman pleads guilty in mother’s strangling death

Advocate staff photo by BILLY GUNN -- Heller Marie Dupuis is walked back to a St. Martin Parish jail cell after pleading guilty to killing her mother in 2011.

A Breaux Bridge woman Tuesday admitted to a judge that she was… Continue reading →

Johnny Jones tries to keep LSU aware of South Carolina’s big wins

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones coaches against Texas A&M, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La.

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Opinion

Video

Mormon leaders call for gay rights protections

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Southern’s ‘Human Jukebox’ performs in Atlanta

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Sports

LSU opening tip: South Carolina at LSU men's basketball on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones coaches against Texas A&M, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La.

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Entertainment

Wholesome, less racy Super Bowl ads expected

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Food & Dining

Red beans and rice: A take on the classic Louisiana dish from Food Network’s Melissa D’Arabian

This Jan. 12, 2015 photo shows red beans and rice in Concord, N.H. This is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

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Photos: Rev. Than Vu through the years: From leading mass to serving Baton Rouge community

Advocate staff photo by Liz Condo. Photo shot on 04/01/10. Trax No. 00021117A / Father Than Vu, right, pastor of Christ the King Catholic church, washes the foot of Chukwudi Chukwudozie, left, with the help of Kathy Screen, center, during Holy Thursday mass. The tradition of foot washing on Holy Thursday is drawn from a Bible story in which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. Father Matt Lorrain of Christ the King says the Holy Thursday mass celebrates the institution of the Eucharist and the institution of the priesthood in the Catholic faith.

Baton Rouge’s Rev. Than Vu died early Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are still pending. Vu spent about 30 years in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. He was 56.… Continue reading →

Columnists

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Police & Fire

Assumption Parish deputy fired, accused of battery on wife, trying to disarm responding deputy

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Business

Unique New Orleans-based Dinner Lab expanding into Baton Rouge

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