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Catholic Relief Services is the official overseasl humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. It was founded in 1943 to serve World War II survivors in Europe and has since expanded to become one of the largest relief and aid organizations in the US, reaching more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries on five continents.

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Being Stewards - Not Owners - of Our Environment

(5) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 5:17 PM

By Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services. She was among those at the Vatican on June 18 speaking at the release of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si; on the care of our common home."

Pope Francis asks...

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Monsoons Will Leave Nepal Stuck

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 12:53 PM

By Jennifer Hardy

When my Catholic Relief Services colleagues and I return from working in the field, distributing relief supplies all day, our skin, hair and clothes are caked with a layer of fine brown dirt. Our local partners jokingly refer to this as "Nepali powder" -- a natural treatment...

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A Humanitarian Crisis Is Unfolding in Ukraine

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 2:37 PM

By Chris Hennemeyer

Most weeks I take a gleaming high-speed train from my job as a humanitarian worker in eastern Ukraine to attend meetings in the capital city of Kiev. The spotless carriages fly across the bleak wintery countryside, filled with endless flat, black fields rimmed with dirty snow and...

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Pope Francis and Climate Change: A Catholic Tradition

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 12:43 PM

By Carolyn Woo

In taking up the important issue of climate change, Pope Francis is acting in the long tradition of the Catholic Church to decry threats to the world God has created and entrusted to us as well as injustices that endanger humanity and disproportionately affect the poor.


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It Takes More Than a Village to Raise a Child

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 4:04 PM

By Carolyn Y. Woo

Something important happened to you right after you were born. You don't remember it, but your parents do. You got a birth certificate.

That is such a simple act -- like flicking a switch and having a light come on -- that we forget how complex...

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All Parents Deserve to See Their Child's Fifth Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 2:34 PM

By Carolyn Woo

Five year-olds throughout the country are still enraptured by Disney's Frozen even as they race to theaters to see the latest in animation, How to Train Your Dragon. Many will spend the summer at the pool or exploring the outdoors before the momentous milestone of entering Kindergarten....

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On Earth Day, Remember the World's Poor

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 3:34 PM

By Bill O'Keefe

Today is Earth Day, bringing to mind images that have been thought of since the first such celebration in 1970, of belching smokestacks, of pipes pouring poison into pristine streams, of smog-shrouded cities.

Let me give you another image: of small donkey-pulled carts streaming to and from...

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Peace Must be Built in South Sudan

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 2:55 PM

By Tom Purekal

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) staffer Tom Purekal, who is based in Juba, reflects on the recent violence in South Sudan. This piece was written just before a ceasefire was signed.

It was four and half-hours of harrowing road. Awerial County is only 75 miles from South Sudan's...

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The People of Jonglei Need Peace

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 9:56 AM

With the stability of the world's newest nation, South Sudan, endangered, Catholic Relief Services' Brigid O'Connor reports on her experiences in one of the most troubled areas, Bor in Jonglei State.

The recent conflict in Jonglei State, South Sudan, has repercussions far beyond who takes power. It creates a...

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Amid the Ruins of Haiyan, a Kitten Connects Us

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 8:26 AM


By Jennifer Hardy

Not long after I arrived in Palo on the eastern coast of the Philippine island of Leyte - a city that lay in ruins - I heard a sound coming from amid the unending rubble. It was the...

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Malaria, a Scourge We Can Defeat

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 11:25 AM

By Carolyn Woo

Malaria is an enormous and tragic problem -- that can be beat.

It takes the life of a child every minute in Sub-Saharan Africa, and a million people die from malaria each year. It also stifles economic development, as malaria prevents children from attending school and adults...

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On International Women's Day, a Crucial Moment for Afghan Women

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 10:05 AM

By Jennifer Hardy

The planned withdrawal of U.S. and other international troops from Afghanistan in 2014 creates a crucial moment for that country. On this International Women's Day, we must recognize the need to preserve and advance the notable gains women have achieved over the past decade.

Traditionally, half...

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Kenyans need to make peace

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2013 | 10:36 AM

By Peter Kimeu

Before the 2007 Kenyan elections we joked about politics amongst colleagues and neighbors in this most famous of East African nations. After the elections we could no longer look each other in the eyes. Our beloved Kenya had fractured along tribal lines leaving more than 600,000 displaced...

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Mali Crisis: Life on the Edge of a War Zone

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 2:27 PM

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By Helen Blakesley

It's not every day you're sent to a war zone. Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a little. I'm not behind the lines where the military operations are going on. But I am in a country where a state of emergency has been...

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Another great American tradition: foreign aid

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 8:40 AM

Originally published in the Baltimore Sun.

By Carolyn Woo

Like the rest of America, I will be tuning in Sunday to watch Baltimore's own Ravens play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLVII. The Super Bowl has become a great American tradition. But there's another tradition...

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Good News -- For a Change: Infographics That Inspire

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 2:15 PM

In today's world, bad news about poverty, disease and disaster abounds. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Catholic Relief Services offers another perspective. Good News -- For a Change highlights major strides in the fight against global poverty that are making a real difference in people's lives.

Download the...

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A Simple Gift Can Have a Profound Impact

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 10:09 AM

By Michael Hill

Poverty is a complicated problem, its causes so multiple and interconnected that trying to solve it often seems like an impossible Rubik's Cube of a task.

But finding a solution to poverty is exactly what humanitarian groups like Catholic Relief Services try to do every day. Working...

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A Simple Gift Can Have a Profound Impact

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 8:26 AM

By Michael Hill, Catholic Relief Services

Poverty is a complicated problem, its causes so multiple and interconnected that trying to solve it often seems like an impossible Rubik's cube of a task.

But finding a solution to poverty is exactly what humanitarian groups like Catholic Relief Services try to do...

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Climate Change Threatens Maize and Bean Farmers in Central America

(4) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 3:09 PM

By Paul Hicks

Climate change is real, and it is going to have real effects on real people in Central America. That is evident in a new report that for the first time takes a specific look at the impact of climate change on a local level....

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Fighting Malaria Is a Full Time Job

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 9:10 PM

By Carolyn Woo

As anyone who has tried to hold a cookout in the summer knows, mosquitoes are inventive and resilient pests, requiring significant resourcefulness if you are going to keep them from spoiling the fun.

In many parts of the world, keeping mosquitoes at bay is...

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