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Action plan offers Atlanta Catholics down-to-earth ideas to implement encyclical

Mimi Soileau goes nearly weekly to see what vegetables are ripe to be plucked from garden beds beside her parish church, St. Pius X.

Time spent with her hands in the dirt is nothing new for this 85-year-old master gardener. She's currently harvesting hearty kale, eggplant and broccoli from the raised beds, a new initiative of the parish garden ministry.

These vegetables go to the parish's Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference, which has given the fresh produce to families in need since the growing season began.

Georgia Catholic dioceses ban guns, knives from church facilities

Guns and other weapons are officially unwelcome at Catholic churches, schools and other buildings owned, leased or operated by the Atlanta archdiocese and the diocese of Savannah in Georgia.

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory Hartmayer issued a decree prohibiting guns and knives with blades longer than 5 inches from parishes, churches, schools, administrative offices and other buildings owned or used by the Catholic community effective July 1.

Atlanta archbishop to restrict weapons in Catholic institutions

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta pledged to restrict the presence of guns in Catholic institutions in response to a new Georgia law that would allow licensed gun owners to carry arms into schools, churches and other locales.

Set to take effect July 1, the law was opposed by the Georgia Catholic Conference.

Writing in his column in the May 1 issue of the Georgia Bulletin, newspaper of the Atlanta archdiocese, the archbishop said he regrets the enactment of the new law "more than I can possibly express."

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