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Year of Faith: Celebrate the Love

So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
—James 2:17

Children in Magwi, South Sudan

Feeding and educating children like these in Magwi, South Sudan, is the result of the faithfulness of Catholics who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through their prayers and actions. Photo by Karen Kasmauski for CRS.

Catholic Relief Services welcomes the opportunity to join Catholics around the world in celebrating the Year of Faith. As the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, we work with the U.S. bishops to help Catholics renew our faith commitment by engaging in the Gospel witness of justice and charity.

CRS proclaims the Gospel through programs and initiatives that aid those in greatest need around the world. As such, we see the Year of Faith as an opportunity for Catholics in the United States to deepen our understanding of the social mission of the Catholic faith tradition. We invite you to join in witnessing to the love of God through actions that cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life; foster charity and justice; and embody Catholic teaching.

To help you connect the Year of Faith with justice and charity, CRS offers these suggestions:

  • Invite a speaker from CRS to your diocesan event to link the Year of Faith to the social mission of the Catholic Church.
  • Invite parishes and individuals in your diocese to participate in CRS programs. We will update materials and resources for CRS Rice Bowl and Catholics Confront Global Poverty to reflect Year of Faith themes.
  • Invite parishes to participate in You Did It for Me, a new initiative by CRS and Catholic Charities USA, by placing announcements in weekly bulletins describing how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is flourishing through the works of charity and justice carried out by CRS and Catholic Charities.
  • Help reduce poverty by joining the CRS Footsteps in Faith monthly giving program.

The mission of CRS is to celebrate the love of God and proclaim the dignity of life. We serve those in need because we are Catholic, not because they are Catholic. CRS serves people regardless of race, nationality or creed. Thank you for your partnership with CRS in this Year of Faith.

E-mail Kim Lamberty at for more information about the Year of Faith and CRS.

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