Catholic Charities prepared for hurricane relief effort
As Hurricane Katrina made landfall last night with New Orleans and US gulf coast residents bracing for a "worst case scenario", Catholic Charities had begun collecting donations for the massive relief efforts which are expected to follow.
Catholic News Agency reports that spokesperson Shelly Borysiewicz reported that the group was "collecting financial donations to help communities recover from the damage brought on by Hurricane Katrina".
The BBC said that the violent storm wrought extensive damage in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, where it swept ashore after spiralling across the Gulf of Mexico. Katrina submerged neighbourhoods in New Orleans, overnight Australian time, and tore part of the roof of a stadium where many sought refuge. But it weakened after making landfall and spared the low-lying city a direct hit, despite frightening predictions.
Ms Borysiewicz said donations to Catholic Charities will be used to fund local Catholic Charities agencies' emergency and long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas hit by the hurricane.
Some reports suggest that damages could reach the $A26 billion dollar mark.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans has evacuated its administrative offices on accordance with a mandatory order for all of metropolitan New Orleans. It was to remain closed throughout Monday local time.
As Hurricane Katrina rocks gulf, Catholic Charities prepares for massive relief effort (Catholic News Agency 29/8/05)
Storm batters southern US coast (BBC 29/8/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities New Orleans
Archdiocese of New Orleans
Clarion Herald (Archdiocese of New Orleans)
'Katrina,' a category-four, slams into Louisiana as part of spiritual war and one in series of long-prophesied events (Spirit Daily)
Hurricane Katrina: Catholic Charities USA Collecting Donations for Recovery Efforts (Catholic Charities 29/8/05)
Pastors, church-goers turn to prayer for solace (The Daily Advertiser 29/8/05)
30 Aug 2005