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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

Staff and volunteers with a client at a Catholic Relief Services early childhood development center in Nairobi, Kenya.

CRS and Special Olympics team up to help Kenya's forgotten children

Aug 2, 2016

In 2013, Leia Isanhart met a little boy in Nairobi with intellectual disabilities. Because he was not very mobile, his... Read more

A Caritas Athens soup kitchen for refugees in Greece.

There are 21 million refugees around the world in need of solidarity

Jun 20, 2016

By Matt Hadro

As the global refugee crisis is at its worst since World War II, Catholics cannot be indifferent to the plight... Read more

Pope Francis kisses a child in St. Peter's Square for the general audience, Dec. 9, 2015.

Don't love concepts – love people, Pope Francis tells aid workers

May 24, 2016

Addressing a global summit on humanitarian aid, Pope Francis offered encouragement and a reminder – don’t ever forget that each... Read more

Sabriya Yaqubi and her daughter Hasti at the Caritas Athens Refugee Centre in Athens, Greece.

Could Pope Francis' visit to Greece be a game-changer for refugees?

Apr 15, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Pope Francis’ visit with refugees and migrants in Greece this Saturday could be a moment of leadership at a time... Read more

Syrian Refugees.

Five years into the Syrian Civil War, a look at those who've fled

Mar 15, 2016

March 15 marks five years since civil war broke out in Syria. The conflict has had devastating consequences for the... Read more

Amid threat of violence, CRS works to ease food shortage in Mali

Aug 25, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Despite a hazardous situation in the African country of Mali, Catholic Relief Services is working to support displaced people and... Read more

Children amid devastated buildings in Gaza.

Hope for Gaza? Despite a tough year, Catholic aid group says yes

Jul 23, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

One year after an outbreak of violence between the Israeli military and Hamas militants in Gaza, Catholic Relief Services is... Read more

A Catholic parish, a mosque, and a Serbian Orthodox parish in Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Catholics voice hope that Pope Francis will build bridges in Bosnia

Jun 3, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Pope Francis will find a country still suffering from ethnic and religious suspicion when he visits Bosnia and Herzegovina this... Read more

CRS vice president in same-sex civil marriage steps down

Jun 3, 2015

Amid the resignation of a vice presidential employee in a same-sex civil marriage, Catholic Relief Services reiterated its commitment to... Read more

CRS deliberating over vice president in same-sex civil marriage

Apr 20, 2015

A communications official with Catholic Relief Services said that the organization is aware that one of their vice presidential employees... Read more

The pediatric ward of St. Francois de Sales Hospital collapsed onto the maternity ward during the earthquake. Today there is a new two-story outpatient building.

Haiti's hope is in its people five years after quake

Jan 12, 2015

By Kate Veik

Five years ago today, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake decimated St. Francois de Sales Hospital in the heart of Port-au-Prince.   ... Read more