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Speeches and Testimonies

Catholic Relief Services experts regularly address policy makers and influential groups about international development and humanitarian relief. This collection represents some of the speaking engagements and formal congressional testimony of CRS staff. Transcripts are available for one year after a speech or testimony.

Carolyn Woo: Remarks to the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
February 2012
Carolyn Woo spoke on the Common Good and Uncommon Excellence at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.

Ken Hackett: Remarks to the 2011 International Food Aid Conference
June 2011
Ken Hackett delivers his final remarks as president of CRS to this annual gathering in Kansas City, Mo.

Rebuilding Haiti During the Martelly Era
June 2011
Statement by CRS to the international development and foreign assistance subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Africa's Newest Nation: the Republic of South Sudan
June 2011
We in the Church have tried to bring people at every level of society together, building the bridges needed on this journey to peace.

Ken Hackett's Commencement Address at the University of St. Thomas
May 2011
Ken Hackett's commencement address at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.

Ken Hackett's Remarks to the International Congress for the 50th Anniversary of the Encyclical Letter Mater Et Magistra
May 2011
Ken Hackett addressed a Vatican conference on how CRS incorporates the Church's social teaching.

Ken Hackett's Commencement Address to Duquesne University
May 2011
Ken Hackett received an honorary degree and addressed graduates at Duquesne University.

Alleviating Poverty Through Justice
March 2011
Christine Tucker, CRS' chief of staff, addresses to the Catholic Social Teaching and World Poverty Symposium at Villanova University.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Securing Peace in the Midst of Tragedy
March 2011
Francisca Vigaud-Walsh testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about sexual and gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Haiti: Challenges On the Path Ahead
February 2011
Ken Hackett's speech before the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs

Celebrating 50 Years in Rwanda
January 2011
Letter from CRS President Ken Hackett read during a ceremony celebrating 50 years of CRS work in Rwanda.

Haiti: Let's Get It Right
November 2010
My dream is that in the future we will be playing a smaller role, supporting Haitians who are doing the work.