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2014: In the Humanitarian World, the Fight Against Climate Change and Hunger Continue

Chris Herlinger | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

What 2014 has principally been, though, is a year of constant and churning problems, in which the challenges of climate change and food security (the availability and access to food) became more acute and ever-more clear.

Philippines: A Time to Mourn, a Time to Rebuild

William Lambers | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

It's been one year since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. Thousands perished as high winds and massive rains leveled Leyte, Samar provinces ...

Heroic Efforts to Feed the Starving in South Sudan

William Lambers | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

You need to call in an airplane to drop food into this remote location. But you need a landing area and a place to hand out the food. You are going to be feeding thousands of people. This is no tiny operation.

Pope Tweets His First Photo In Powerful Appeal For Peace In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.05.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis tweeted his first-ever photo on Friday in a powerful display of solidarity with humanitarian efforts in Iraq. The image, originally tw...

Small College Captured Spirit of the Marshall Plan

William Lambers | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

We know that the strength and spirit of the Greatest Generation is with us. We know it can be summoned again during these dark times.

Christians Need More Than An Escape From Iraq: Catholic Relief Official

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Kris Ozar, 37, is in charge of programming for Catholic Relief Services in Egypt and is now in northern Iraq coordinating the charity’s emerge...

Honoring the Many Faces of Humanitarian Work

Kim Pozniak | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Kim Pozniak

"It's a pleasure to go and help these people who have problems. We feel good. We feel proud of doing this work. We are really happy and if people need something and you come and you provide it, they are really happy."

Why Tech Innovation Should Matter To NGOs

Lauren Woodman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

Every industry, sector, and market goes through times of transformation and innovation. Whether you're selling smart phones or automobiles, technological change is a powerful force that drives industry innovation and disruption, shaking up traditional industry leaders and establishing new companies.

Dr. Carolyn Woo of CRS Talks Impact Investing to End Poverty

William Lambers | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Lots of people invest their money one way or another. It's in one's self-interest to build their own financial security. Some people do very well at it.

Support Pope's Plan With Food for Peace

William Lambers | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

For the long-term, it's about building the self-sufficiency of a nation. How can that be done? It takes peacemaking, for one, to prevent further conflicts.

Out of the Shadows

John Bridgeland | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Those with intellectual and developmental disabilities number in the hundreds of millions, yet they too often live in the shadows of society. Subject to stigma, prejudice, shame, and abuse, they are often denied access to food, school, health care, and social integration.

Peace Must be Built in South Sudan

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

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 w...

The People of Jonglei Need Peace

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

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

Pope to Launch Plan to End World Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

It's all about coming together. If that happens, hunger can be defeated.

Filipinos and Syrians Desperately Need Food and Shelter

William Lambers | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

As the holidays come before us there is a great tradition called Black Friday, which marks the start of the holiday shopping season. Stores and individuals could donate at least a portion of their sales or purchasing funds toward relief of the suffering people in the Philippines and the Middle East.

Vatican Warns American Catholics About Following 'A Particular Ideology'

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

BALTIMORE -- BALTIMORE (AP) — The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was...

School Meals for Peace in Mali and Burkina Faso

William Lambers | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
William Lambers

CRS is reaching around 80,000 children in Mali with this food. Children can count on a hot meal of rice, peas and vegetable oil every day at school. When your family is struggling for food, this is an absolute treasure.

Empowering With A Gentle Touch

Thomas M. Mengler | Posted 10.05.2013 | College
Thomas M. Mengler

It's challenging for a visitor like me to envision how the nation of Haiti can ever rise again. In my trip to Haiti, however, I watched Catholic Relief Services - through its charitable and life-giving embrace - bring hope and joy to thousands of men, women and children.

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

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Jennifer Hardy The planned withdrawal of U.S. and other international troops from Afghanistan in 2014 creates a crucial moment for that country. O...

Mali Crisis: Life on the Edge of a War Zone

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

View image 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 th...

11 Ways To Power Up For Lent

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Post on Facebook. Send a tweet. Less than a month before Ash Wednesday Pope Benedict XVI has called on Catholics to get into social media. He blesses the world of Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook.

A Simple Gift Can Have a Profound Impact

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 01.21.2013 | Impact
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.

Connecting Health and Nutrition Boosts Child Survival Efforts

Michele Learner | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Michele Learner

Ensuring that young children are well nourished has a dramatic impact on their whole lives -- most immediately, on their survival to celebrate a fifth birthday.

Ethiopia: Missionaries of Charity Foster Dignity Amid Destitution

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 11.26.2011 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

There was something else, something elusive. It probably has to do with the attitude of the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa, whose familiar face beams down from many of the home's walls.

East Africa Drought Solution Runs Deep

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 09.26.2011 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

The East African drought of 2011 that is hitting Kenya and Somalia so hard is also proving to be one of the worst that Ethiopia has faced in 50 years.