Global Food Crisis Threat Continues

Dear Friend, For months we’ve been hearing about the global food crisis. The cost of food and fuel increased suddenly and sharply, making it harder for poor people around the world to feed their families. In dozens of cities, people took to the streets in protest. Now the focus is on the collapse of the […]

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Building Peace in West Africa

Dear Friend, As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, violence and civil unrest continue to dominate the daily headlines. The people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo cry out for an end to their suffering. Our own country is engaged in two wars. The birthplace of Jesus remains a […]

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Economic Crisis Magnifies Plight of World’s Hungry

Dear Friend, As we Americans watch the financial crisis unfold, and our investments and retirement accounts plunge in value day by day, many of us are feeling an overwhelming sense of fear and helplessness. We are beginning to reassess plans we’ve made, wondering whether we’ve saved enough for retirement or college tuitions. And in our […]

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Boosting Rice Production to Fight the Food Crisis

Dear Friend, The global food crisis has brought an end to what The Economist magazine has called “the era of cheap food.” This refers to the two decades before 2005 when food prices fell by three-quarters in real terms on world markets. Food was so inexpensive that many developing countries found it was more cost […]

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University Outreach Forges Solidarity

Dear Friend, As students begin returning to campus for the start of another school year, Catholic Relief Services is once again ramping up our outreach to young adults, faculty and staff in a number of colleges and universities. Our aim is to forge bonds of solidarity, understanding and friendship between people on campuses here in […]

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Saving Lives By Preparing for Disaster

This month’s letter from CRS President Ken Hackett, dealing with disaster preparedness, has been posted on our website.

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Saving Lives By Preparing for Disaster

Dear Friend, As we enter the height of the Atlantic hurricane season, disaster preparedness is very much on our minds at Catholic Relief Services. CRS is known for our efficient and effective response to disaster. But a key aspect of emergency response is working with high-risk communities before a disaster so they will be better […]

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Making the Fight Against Malaria A Priority

Dear Friend, Most Americans have never had the experience of contracting malaria. But for those of us who work for international humanitarian agencies, it's an occupational hazard. Some of us at Catholic Relief Services have had the misfortune of having it several times. I remember the first time I encountered this awful parasitic disease that […]

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Food Crisis Forces Difficult Choices

Dear Friend, I recently had the opportunity to appear on a Bloomberg Television network special report on the global food crisis called Feast to Famine. This broadcast is one of the most comprehensive investigations of the origins and effects of the crisis I've seen on television. It acknowledges the complexity of the causes for the […]

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Empowering Women to Fight Poverty

Dear Friend, Each Mother's Day, we honor the women who have made an impact in our lives. We celebrate the love we have received and the sacrifices they have made on our behalf. Around the world, women play an important role in providing for their families and doing much of the work that sustains them. […]

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