WASHINGTON – Catholic agencies are assisting those who have lost their homes and possessions as the floodwaters of the swollen Mississippi River worked their way south.

Holy Angels Parish in the Memphis diocese has “been directly affected,” said diocesan communications director Suzanne Aviles. Another parish, Our Lady of Sorrows in Memphis, also had to close, she said. “The building itself is on top of a hill, but it is surrounded by water.”
Sr Mary Lou Stubbs, a Daughter of Charity who is director of Catholic Charities of Arkansas, said her organisation is “looking at significant long-term recovery”.

“As a team, we’re doing our specialties but we’re all coming together in disaster areas for what we call one-stop shopping – food, clothes, counselling services.”

As for damages to Catholic churches or properties, she said, “We’re going to have to wait until the water goes down. And it’s still rising.” - CNS

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