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As Catholics, we recognize that prayer is of the utmost importance, an invaluable contribution to helping the poor overseas. It guides our actions, it binds us in solidarity to one another, and connects us more deeply with the grace that flows from God.

We invite you to explore these resources, include them in your ministries, classrooms and catechism classes; and share with them with your parishes or prayer groups. Photo by Josh Estey for CRS


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Prayer Archives

Prayer for Our Departed

Malawi: Yohane Mwamuyinga, 15, and his brother Stefan, 13, left orphaned by AIDS, keep this spot under a mango tree to mark the graves of their grandfather and both their fathers.

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Prayer of Good Gifts

CRS is providing vital psychological and social support to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

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Prayer for People Suffering from Ebola

CRS Vice President Sean Callahan and President Carolyn Woo flank Bishop Andrew Karnley of Liberia as they join him in prayer.

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Prayer for People in India and Pakistan Affected by Flooding

A sister of the Missionaries of Charity prays at the tomb of Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

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Prayer for Peace for Syria

A Syrian refugee girl shows a drawing as she attends an English classe on June 19, 2014 at Caritas Migrant Centre in Dahr El Ain, near Tripoli, Lebanon.

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Prayer for South Sudan

Nyankir Maluak Duk, 4, from Jongelei (Bor town) participates in a communal dance called

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Call Us Forth

On February 4th, 2014, a delegation from the Archdiocese of New Orleans gathers in prayer before visiting their government representatives in Washington to lobby on behalf of their poorest sisters and brothers.

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We Cry Out: A Prayer for Iraq

University of Baghdad, 2003.

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Set All Captives Free

Join us in praying and working for true liberty for all peoples.

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Lord of All Labor

Alfredo Tabada Sr. (left) and Henry Petellana hammer steel to form a blade. Alfredo and his son, Fred, are among a handful of blacksmiths working with Catholic Relief Services to produce tools for purchase by coconut farmers affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

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Seeds of Peace in the Central African Republic: A Prayer Service for Peace

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga and Imam Omour Kobine of Bangui pray together during a tour promoting tolerance and reconciliation in Central African Republic.

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Make All Things New

Join us in praying and working for women everywhere.

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Prayer of Giving

Three children caring for an orphaned kitten they rescued from the rubble during the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

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Prayer for the People of Ukraine

Join us in praying and working for peace in Ukraine.

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Meet Me in the Desert (A Lenten Prayer)

The desert landscape in southern Balochistan

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Fill Us to Bursting

Global Wave of Prayer

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In Our Lifetimes Alone

People displaced by the violence in Central African Republic celebrate Mass at the cathedral in Bossangoa

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To Live Side by Side: Prayer for the Central African Republic

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga and Imam Omour Kobine of Bangui pray togethe

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In Shadow as Well as Light
An Advent Prayer

Lighting many candles from one

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When Every Night Is Winter

Palotka Church in Magwi, Sudan

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Give Us Your Grace

Volunteers at Caritas Manila office packing relief supplies

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Prayer for the Philippines

Statue of the Blessed Mother

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Lord, When I Thank You

Guatemalan man praying

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God of All Harvests

Rice farmer in Madagascar

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Make Me a Teacher

Teacher with his students

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Because We Are Yours

Prayers at Missionaries of Charity

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Prayer of Transformation

Children drinking

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Prayer to the Good Shepherd

Children walking hand in hand

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Featured Prayers

Haiyan Anniversary Prayer

Leslie Montanejos and her husband moved into their new CRS shelter the day after this photo was taken. She's pictured with her children Sofia Anne Marie, 4, and Anthony Jr., 2.  Her third child was on his way in three weeks, and she expressed her relief at having a safe and clean home for her new baby.

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This Is Why

A displaced Iraqi Christian woman prays at Saint Joseph Church in Erbil, Iraq, where thousands of fleeing Iraqis have found refuge from terrorists of the Islamic State, or ISIS.

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May It Please You

Greymanus, 8, grandson of soybean farmer Gertruda Domano, in Nakahegwa, Tanzania, prays in the field where his grandmother's harvest has quadrupled.

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