Never has the Catholic Relief Services mission been more critical to Americans and, particularly, to American Catholics. As I assume the leadership of CRS, it is a time of great uncertainty in our country and around the world. More families than ever are displaced from their homes; there is greater and greater inequality in the global marketplace; and many of us are frightened that our lives can be irrevocably altered by a single, senseless, violent act.
And yet, remaining faithful to our mission, we have seen tremendous successes, including: significant reduction in deaths and negative economic impact from malaria in West Africa; more opportunities for families to support themselves through the creation of viable livelihoods; better capacity of local communities and organizations to respond to crises; and a real chance for people to achieve peace and reconciliation that upholds the sanctity of every human life. (more…)