Many New Orleans church properties still in limbo, 7 years after Hurricane Katrina |

Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to hundreds of millions of dollars in the Catholic infrastructure of churches, schools and other properties, the Archdiocese of New Orleans still cares for 10 empty churches, slowly working through conversations with dozens of parishes about what to do with them — and more: what to do with their former rectories, gyms, schools and other properties. A 2008 accounting found that Katrina damaged or destroyed 1,100 of 1,200 archdiocesan buildings, creating $288 million in damage.

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