Travelogue

“A Great Example for Us All”

Sean Callahan, our chief operation officer here at CRS, recently arrived in Rome for the meeting of the executive board of Caritas Internationalis.  While the meeting has long been scheduled, it coincided, it turned out, with another less expected event, the installation mass for Pope Francis.  Sean was fortunate to attend as part of the […]

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Reader Question: How Has Serving Overseas Changed You?

From Joyce Hyttinen: What is it about the poor and serving the poor that is transformative. I am assuming that you change interiorly from an experience such as CRS offers.

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Small Business Development Helps AIDS Orphans

In April 2009, 45 caretakers of orphans and vulnerable children graduated from a two-week program in food processing, sponsored by CRS’ partner the Catholic Diocese of Tanga and funded by an PEPFAR project. Photo by Debbie DeVoe/CRS When the women break into song as we enter the room, it’s not just a welcoming greeting. It’s […]

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Mother’s Day Lesson in Poverty and Love

A member of St. John Mary Vianney parish near Seattle greets schoolchildren on a visit to northern Ghana. The parish led an effort to help CRS build nearly 20 wells throughout northern Ghana.Photo courtesy St. John Mary Vianney parish While visiting villages in northern Ghana, members of a Seattle parish were confronted with the realities […]

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Food Aid and HIV Support Up Close in Ethiopia

A U.S. delegation of 14 Catholic Relief Services staff members and Church partners recently visited CRS projects in Ethiopia. Steve Pehanich, senior director of advocacy and education for the California Catholic Conference, shares final thoughts from the field.

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Watershed Protection Creates Oasis in Ethiopia

A delegation of 14 U.S.-based CRS staff members and Church partners are currently visiting projects in Ethiopia. Steve Pehanich, senior director of advocacy and education for the California Catholic Conference, shares more from the field

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Blessings on an Ethiopian Hilltop

A delegation of 14 US-based CRS staff members and Church partners are currently visiting projects in Ethiopia. Cullen Larson, CRS’ advocacy officer for the southeast region, shares a story from the field.

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In Nicaragua, Hope Amid a Sea of Poverty

Rev. David H. Garcia serves as Senior Advisor for Clergy Outreach for Catholic Relief Services. He also supports the agency’s Global Fellows program, a grassroots speaking initiative for Catholic priests and seminarians. He recently accompanied a group of Global Fellows to Nicaragua to see CRS programs in Fair Trade and microfinance.

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Respect for Life and Human Dignity at the Shekinah Clinic

At the Shekinah Clinic, care comes in the form of love first with medical care secondary. Everyone who works for the clinic receives compensation in the form of small amounts of food and the sharing of donations such as used clothing. All of these people are volunteers and theirs is a mission of love.

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Frontiers of Justice 2008 – A Transformative Educational Experience

As we leave Ghana and begin to make our long journey back home I cannot help but recognize that our Frontiers of Justice delegation is not the same group of people who arrived in Baltimore on June 25, 2008. Like the soil used by countless farmers in Burkina Faso and Ghana, our hearts, minds and lives have been turned and tilled, unearthing in each of us a new way of seeing the world and transforming the way that we hear, see and experience the Gospel message lived out in the ordinary and extraordinary. Like Peter, James and John (Luke 9: 26 – 38), we have had a transformative mountaintop experience.

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