The Visual Aids of Salvation

By The Most Rev. Thomas Wenski Editor’s Note: At the recent meeting of the CRS Board of Directors—the USCCB-appointed group of bishops, religious, and laity tasked with governing and supporting the work of CRS—Archbishop Thomas Wenski (Miami) celebrated mass for his fellow bishops, board members and CRS staff.  What follows is his homily.  The “Charmaine” he […]

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What Is GIS?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a system designed to allow the user to interact with geographical data, in order to better manage, learn from and present the available information.  The technology is used by CRS to make our projects more efficient and effective. The third Wednesday in November (November 16 this year) is recognized by the National Geographic Society […]

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Poverty and Plenty Affect Intelligent Decisions

Dear Friend, I recently came across a fascinating article in Harvard Magazine. Its title, “The Science of Scarcity,” sums up an emerging topic among behavioral economists, the people who study why we make the economic decisions that we do. What they find is that when any of us are poor—indeed when we face scarcity of any […]

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CRS Celebrates Canonization of Friend, Saint Teresa of Calcutta

On September 4, Blessed Mother Teresa became Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Catholic Relief Services had a long and warm relationship with the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, both as an organization and through personal connections with CRS staff. Mother Teresa credited CRS with providing early assistance to the Missionaries of Charity before the order […]

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Mother Teresa Inspires Still

Dear Friend, In the 1950s, Monsignor Alfred Schneider, who was director of Catholic Relief Services’ work in India, kept hearing about a nun working in the slums of Calcutta. Father Al, as he was known, was curious about this woman, who was also helping the poor. One day, while visiting makeshift schools CRS supported there, […]

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Super Typhoon Nepartak

CRS is currently monitoring Super Typhoon Nepartak, which is approaching Taiwan and threatens the surrounding region.  We invite you to pray with us and to share the prayer below as we keep those in the storm’s path close to our hearts. Prayer for the People of Taiwan We pray for all your sons and daughters […]

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Celebrating Our Mother Church

Dear Friend, It has been said that Mother’s Day was invented just to sell greeting cards. Maybe that’s true, but there’s a reason it caught on: It is fitting and appropriate that every May we set aside a day to honor mothers. We should probably do it every month. Or maybe not—because we know that […]

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Pope Francis’ Harvest Message

Dear Friend, Wasn’t the recent visit of Pope Francis to the United States energizing and inspiring? The Holy Father spoke so directly to all of us who share his faith, communicating his deep understanding of how our faith demands that we look to those too often overlooked. Though he spent just a few days with […]

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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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Prayer for Taiwan

May our hearts remain open to our brothers and sisters as we respond in faith to their need.

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