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More and more, special training is needed for church members who arrive when disasters or terror strike.
The Sisters of the Holy Family have been serving in New Orleans since 1842. Eleven years after Hurricane Katrina, the community has recovered from a criminal investigation and rebuilt most of its ministries.
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Since the release of the papal encyclical on the environment, the conversation about how the church responds to the negative effects of climate change has become more and more prevalent.
The issue reverberates stronger in poorer neighborhoods, whose residents will likely feel first -- and hardest -- the effects of climate change: whether exacerbated asthma attacks due to poor air quality, or higher health risks from more frequent summer heat waves. In Chicago, that often means those suffering are disproportionately people of color.
They are calling it "Kat 10" -- Hurricane Katrina plus 10 years -- which carries with it the double meaning of an ominous meteorological warning.
Fr. Dennis Hayes decided to take his chances and stay put as Hurricane Katrina teased the Louisiana coast, hoping the storm's Category 5 fury would spare his parish.
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Ten years later the memories still linger for Carol Spruell, as if they happened yesterday but perhaps were a lifetime ago.
She remembers the chaos, despair, uncertainty and the cries for help from so many and workweeks that had no end in the days and months following Hurricane Katrina. She also remembers the lines, droves of desperate people who had lost everything in Katrina's floodwater, who were seeking any modicum of relief, whether it was articles of clothing, a bus ticket to a relative's house outside of the area or assistance in finding a place to live.