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A participant in the CRS/Special Olympics program for disabled children in Vietnam.

How CRS is changing life for disabled children in Vietnam

Dec 29, 2018

By Kate Veik

Life used to be very isolated for Ho Ngoc Linh, an 11-year-old girl living in central Vietnam.  Read more

Jude Marie Bannatt, who worked on CRS' emergency health response, walks through a room at St. Francois de Sales Hospital.

In Haiti, Catholic Relief Services builds hospital to last

Dec 17, 2018

By Kate Veik

The tremor lasted less than a minute. Dr. Jude Banatte’s car was shaking, and then it was not.  Read more

Migrants at the Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca stadium in Mexico City, in November 2018.

Why do Central Americans join ‘migrant caravans?’

Nov 28, 2018

As policymakers and migrants consider their next steps, some have asked why migrants leave Central America to make a dangerous... Read more

Combo photo of the Philippines in November 2013 (top), November 2018.

Five years after Typhoon Haiyan, Filipinos continue to rebuild

Nov 24, 2018

On average, the Philippines is hit by 8-9 tropical typhoons per year. These storms can cause significant damage - but... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Italian youth in St. Peter's Square on August 12, 2018.

In fight against hunger, Pope says ‘beautiful words’ must lead to collective action

Oct 16, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Feeding the hungry requires combined action and political will to provide real help for the poor, Pope Francis has said.  Read more

A bridg lies destroyed after being hit by a tsunami, Oct. 1, 2018, in Palu, Indonesia.

CRS helps victims of Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

Oct 1, 2018

Catholic humanitarian groups have joined the efforts to support the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian... Read more

Mama Tierra coffee. Courtesy of Equal Exchange.

CRS sells fair trade coffee, supporting Mexican farmers and land

Sep 24, 2018

By Perry West

Catholic Relief Services is now offering fair trade coffee beans that will benefit local farming communities in Mexico and foster... Read more

A starving cow near Ouahigouya, north of Burkina Faso.

Baltimore Orioles, CRS send meals to drought-stricken Burkina Faso

Sep 10, 2018

The Baltimore Orioles teamed up with Catholic Relief Services last weekend to help feed the hungry in Burkina Faso.  Read more

A child stands in front of debris after an Aug. 5 earthquake on Indonesia’s Lombok island.

As death toll climbs from Indonesia quake, Catholic agency takes action

Aug 10, 2018

With hundreds dead and thousands left homeless by a major earthquake in Indonesia last weekend, Catholic Relief Services is working... Read more

Scenes from shelters in Escuintla, Guatemala, after the Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Catholic churches offer relief after Guatemala's deadly volcano eruption

Jun 5, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Three Catholic churches in Guatemala have opened their doors to shelter victims of Sunday’s sudden volcano eruption that devastated villages... Read more

Destruction in Azaz, Syria, near the Turkish border.

The past seven years: A reflection on the Syrian Civil War

Mar 15, 2018

Seven years ago, on March 15, 2011, the Syrian Civil War began. Since then, the conflict in Syria has forced... Read more

Refugees in Haiti.

Catholic aid organizations respond to Oxfam prostitution scandal in Haiti

Feb 15, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Amid allegations that Oxfam UK aid workers hired prostitutes in Haiti and Chad while administering humanitarian aid, Catholic aid organizations... Read more

Children displaced by conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The devastating but little-noticed DRC refugee crisis

Dec 8, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Every day, thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are forced to flee their homes.  Read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Historic peacebuilding program launches in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nov 15, 2017

When Pope Francis visited Bosnia and Herzegovina two years ago, he found a country still healing from a devastating conflict two... Read more

Most children in orphanages aren't actually orphans. This group wants to help them.

Sep 26, 2017

By Michelle La Rosa

Shannon Senefeld always assumed that children in orphanages are mostly orphans. Most people make that assumption.  Read more

Suomi NPP VIIRS satellite view of Hurricane Irma.

Catholics pray, prepare as Hurricane Irma looms

Sep 7, 2017

As Hurricane Irma moves through the Atlantic – one of the strongest storms ever recorded in that ocean – Catholic... Read more

A shanty town in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in November 2013.

Shock and grief after mudslide in Sierra Leone kills hundreds

Aug 16, 2017

A massive mudslide in Sierra Leone’s capital city has left hundreds dead and thousands homeless, with relief agencies hurrying to... Read more

Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre visits a refugee camp in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

Humanitarian needs going unmet in Iraq, Catholic leaders tell Congress

Nov 30, 2016

Given new and expanded humanitarian crises in Iraq and elsewhere, Congress should respond generously to a request to approve additional... Read more

Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti Oct. 4, 2016.

After Hurricane Matthew strikes Haiti, relief agencies are on the move

Oct 5, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Hurricane Matthew caused severe damage and several deaths in Haiti, and relief workers have already started to evaluate the damage.  Read more

Caritas Athens soup kitchen for refugees in Athens, Greece.

We need to do more for refugees, Catholic advocates say

Sep 17, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Catholic advocates are praising the U.S. for hosting an international refugee summit, but insist the administration can do more to... Read more