Hurricane Katrina unites clergy in common belief

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Religious leaders put differences aside to reflect on 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, the levees failed and the city flooded.

On Monday, various clergy members from the Christian, Jewish, Islam and Bahia faiths gathered at the St. Louis Cathedral. The groups came together bonded by loss and suffering and not divided by appearance, beliefs or scripture.

"There was no difference between races, denominations, world religions, rich or poor. Everybody was the same, and in some ways, everybody was poor," Archbishop Gregory Aymond said.

"We all experienced Katrina. All faiths experienced Katrina. All faiths were resilient. We're working together to improve our city," attendee Rosa E. Dickerson said.

A decade later, the wave of emotion continues to humble the many who lived through the storm and brings us together for one common belief to rebuild.

"(Katrina) joins us together in the spirit of brotherhood," Imam Rafeeq Numan said. "We are one human family, and we've been divided so long."

"There are still people who that this week is still very painful for them because they haven't come home, they haven't finished the project," Archbishop Aymond said.

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