Pope Francis

Seeking Justice and Peace

Dear Friend, This month we mark the 240th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s stirring words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” That passage from the Declaration of […]

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‘Laudato Si’’ Changed Minds, Encouraged Hearts

Dear Friend, It was on this week one year ago that Pope Francis launched Laudato Si’—his much-anticipated encyclical on the environment. At least, that’s the shorthand commonly used to describe the document. In fact, Laudato Si’ is so much more. It is really about making fundamental changes in our relationships with the gifts God gives […]

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Make God’s Love Manifest Through Mercy

Dear Friend, Mercy. It is such a simple word. We use it all the time. But often I fear we use it in the wrong way, as if it means we are bestowing a favor on someone not really deserving of it. It’s like when we say, “He’s at your mercy.” You have the power. […]

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Francis Affirms CRS Work With Families

Dear Friend, In a few weeks, Pope Francis will be in the United States, focusing the attention of so many Americans on the beliefs and works of our wonderful Church. This Pope has garnered admiration from all segments of our society by steadfastly proclaiming the eternal verities of Catholicism while projecting the caring, warmth and […]

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A Stronghold in Times of Trouble

Dear Friend, Catholic Relief Services was founded as War Relief Services in 1943 initially to help refugees from the cataclysm that was World War II. The unprecedented devastation of that war left tens of millions dead and even more homeless and seeking shelter and safety. The relief and recovery efforts supported by the Catholic community […]

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Pope Francis Calls for ‘Change of Paradigm’ in Ending World Hunger

VATICAN CITY, October 17, 2014 (Zenit.org) Pope Francis says that defeating world hunger will require more than aid and donations. Instead, we must “change the paradigm of aid and development policies” and change “how we understand work, economic aims and activity, food production and the protection of the environment.” The Pope said this in a message […]

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“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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