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Displaced persons in the Central African Republic received aid from CRS in May 2014.

Shipping bill could cut aid to millions, Catholic leaders warn

Jun 2, 2014

Leaders of Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called on the Senate to defeat a legislative... Read more

Displaced persons in the Central African Republic received aid from CRS in May 2014.

'Dire' situation continues in Central African Republic

May 21, 2014

By Michelle La Rosa

An ongoing lack of security in the Central African Republic is among the challenges facing those who long for peace,... Read more

Youth participate in Typhoon Haiyan relief assistance.

Filipinos continue to recover from Typhoon Haiyan

Mar 19, 2014

More than four months since the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the people of the Philippines remain in the process of... Read more

Rice bowl app aims to engage Catholics in Lent, fight hunger

Feb 6, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic Relief Services’ annual Rice Bowl Program has added a new mobile app and a social media-based photo challenge to... Read more

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City (File Photo/CNA).

Archbishop Coakley humbled, surprised to be CRS chairman

Nov 20, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City says he feels privileged to have been named chairman of the board for Catholic... Read more

Dr. Carolyn Woo, President of Catholic Relief Services, speaks to the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 11, 2013.

Bishops asked to hold collection for Typhoon Haiyan relief

Nov 12, 2013

U.S. Bishops gathered at their fall general assembly in Baltimore were asked to hold a special collection for victims of... Read more

A boy stands beside a CRS vehicle in the village of Katooke in western Uganda. Photo by CRS staff.

Bishops praise CRS for Catholic identity training, screening

Sep 17, 2013

Following criticism of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops have reaffirmed their support for the agency, applauding its “very strong... Read more

Bishops say confusion around CRS in Madagascar cleared up

Aug 8, 2013

The U.S. bishop who chairs the board of Catholic Relief Services said that local Church leaders in Madagascar have given... Read more

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Ken Hackett approved as America's next Vatican ambassador

Aug 5, 2013

After a vacancy of nearly one year, the U.S. Senate approved the former head of Catholic Relief Services, Ken Hackett,... Read more

Africa archbishop affirms support for Catholic Relief Services

Aug 2, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

A Madagascar archbishop has distanced himself from controversial claims that Catholic Relief Services distributed contraceptive drugs and abortifacients in his... Read more

Steubenville conference teens package meals for the hungry in Burkina Faso, Africa.

Teens pack 100,000 meals for poor in Africa

Aug 1, 2013

Participants at a youth conference in Atlanta helped feed the hungry of Burkina Faso, Africa, by volunteering to package more... Read more

Catholic Relief Services celebrates 70 years.

Catholic Relief Services honored on 70th anniversary

Jun 4, 2013

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of Catholic Relief Services last week, the mayor of Baltimore declared an official “Catholic... Read more

CRS staffer Howard Bacayana walks through flood water as he assesses the damage from Typhoon Bopha in the city of Cagayan de Oro.

Catholic agencies work to help Philippines typhoon victims

Dec 7, 2012

Catholic relief agencies are working to help the victims of Typhoon Bopha, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this... Read more

CRS Rice Bowl program has new internet component

Oct 18, 2012

Catholic Relief Services has revamped its traditional Lenten anti-hunger Operation Rice Bowl program to allow participants to register their rice... Read more

Catholic Relief Services responds to criticism over HIV document, employees

Sep 6, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic Relief Services has announced revisions to an HIV prevention document because of its “inappropriate information” about condoms and their... Read more

Catholic charity urges HIV/AIDS funding in US budget

Jul 10, 2012

As congressional debate over the U.S. budget continues, Catholic Relief Services has stressed the need to preserve foreign aid funding,... Read more

Two boys from Syria are among the thousands of Syrian refugees receiving food and other emergency assistance from Caritas Jordan.

Catholics providing Syrian refugees with medical treatment

Jul 8, 2012

It was the end of March when the violence in Syria became unbearable for Salwa, a young mother who lived... Read more

Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services.

Leader of Catholic Relief Services emphasizes efforts to aid poor

Jun 20, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

At the recent spring meeting of the U.S. bishops, Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services,... Read more

The cross of St. Mary's Catholic church surrounded by the frame of the former parish. Courtesy of Show Me the Ozarks Magazine by photographer Doug Hunt.

Signs of hope one year after Joplin tornado

May 22, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

As the residents of tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo. mark the one-year anniversary of the disaster that hit their community, a diocesan... Read more