Vatican charity chief heads to Louisiana

The Vatican's top charity coordinator departed for the USA on Saturday to personally express the Holy Father's support for victims, and to bring "concrete help to the populations stricken by Hurricane Katrina".

CLICK HERELeading the Charge reports that Archbishop Paul Josef Cordese was to meet with Bishop Robert Muench of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, and the Fr Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. The delegation also was expected to meet with the governor and hurricane survivors.

Cordes also plans to visit Biloxi today, and to meet with federal officials in Washington, DC tomorrow. He is due back at the Vatican on Wednesday.

The pope has taken a close interest in the disaster, praying last Sunday for workers helping in the recovery. "I bless those who are busy with the difficult rescue and rebuilding operation," he said.

Vatican Charity Chief Heads to Louisiana (Leading the Charge 10/9/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Hurricane Katrina
Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Relief Services | Katrina Prayer

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'We will go forward,' Biloxi bishop says in post-hurricane homily (Catholic News Service 7/9/05)
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Editorial: Sold down the river (The Tablet 10/9/05)
After the deluge (The Tablet 10/9/05)

12 Sep 2005