When HIV Strikes, CRS Helps the Whole Family Deal With it

Dear Friend, Catholic Relief Services has always been changing during my many years here, never standing still. Often this is because we are working to see how we can better carry out our mission, how we can better serve the poor of the world, and how we can better serve you as you fulfill the […]

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What Would You Do for Peace in Sudan?

Dear Friend, “What would you do?” It is such a simple question. What would you do if you knew that the child standing next to you on the sidewalk was about to dart out into traffic? You would stop her, of course. It is a better question to ask than “What should I have done?” […]

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Community-Based Schools Bring Literacy to Rural Afghanistan

Dear Friend, This time of year brings the end of summer vacations and a return to the routines of school. The rituals associated with Back to School season are familiar and reassuring: new clothes, school supplies, book bags and lunch boxes to go along with our new teachers and classrooms. But what is routine to […]

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Human Trafficking Has Global Reach

Dear Friend, As we commemorate our nation’s independence and its values of liberty and justice for all, it is a shocking fact that slavery and human trafficking have been experiencing a dramatic resurgence in recent years. Trafficking in persons is the coerced use of people as a form of commerce, in slave labor and extreme […]

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Our Mothers, Our Heroes

Dear Friend, Our commemoration of Mother’s Day offers us an opportunity to acknowledge the great contribution of women in our lives. From our own mothers, who gave us life and nurtured us as we grew, to our grandmothers, sisters, wives, daughters and friends, we all can be grateful for the love and wisdom women bestow […]

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In Haiti, Resurrection is on the Horizon

Dear Friend, Each year, we as Church commemorate the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus during Holy Week and our celebration of Easter. This year, we will gather in prayer against the backdrop of the suffering of our brothers and sisters after the disasters in Haiti and Chile. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the chairman of Catholic […]

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Haiti Quake Response Strengthens Parish Bonds

Dear Friend, It comes as no surprise that the tragic earthquake in Haiti has attracted an enormous amount of media attention. In my own interviews, I’ve been asked by reporters how I account for the incredible and generous response of the American people to this disaster. To my mind, part of it is the proximity […]

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Rapid Response Brings Hope to Haiti

Dear Friend, I have just returned from Haiti. The destruction in Port-au-Prince is pervasive. Building after building has crumbled to a pile of rubble. Amid the broken cityscape, thousands of suffering people mourn for the dead, search for the missing and seek help for the injured. The agony is overwhelming. I have not seen a […]

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Water is Life—But Can Also Lead to Conflict

Dear Friend, Water is life. I’ve heard this saying in so many places where I’ve traveled, expressed in a multitude of languages. Its truth is self-evident to millions of people assisted by Catholic Relief Services. That’s why you’ll see it painted on the sides of countless wells, tanks and cisterns that bring clean, life-giving water […]

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Five Years After the Tsunami, Rebuilding Complete

Dear Friend, This December 26, as we bask in the warm afterglow of family Christmas celebrations, we will pause to remember the fifth anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, one of the most horrific natural disasters in memory. The tidal wave claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people and left millions homeless, without […]

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