Papal envoy brings aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina

 Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum is currently in the Gulf Coast States bringing a message of solidarity and material help to the people affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Holy See press office said that on Saturday in Baton Rouge the Archbishop met the local Bishop Roberth Muench and the President of Catholic Charities USA, Rev Larry Snyder. During Mass in Baton Rouge cathedral on Sunday September 11, the fourth anniversary of the attacks on New York's Twin Towers. Special prayers were said for all victims of violence. In the afternoon in Baton Rouge after meeting Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans and Bishop Thomas Rodi of Biloxi and the governor of Louisiana, the Holy See Delegation - which included Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick, Archbishop Washington - visited homeless people from Mississippi Delta and spoke with some of the numerous people involved in the work of rescue and assistance. Yesterday Archbishop Cordes visited Biloxi diocese in Mississippi. Today (Tuesday) he is going to Washington DC for a meeting with Federal authorities He is expected to return to the Vatican tomorrow. The Pope asked Archbishop Cordes to carry out this mission to offer on his behalf spiritual and material solidarity to the hurricane victims and encourage Catholic institutions involved in emergency assistance and helping to prepare and hasten the time for rebuilding. Source: Fides

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