Second earthquake rocks Mexico

The Church Responds to the Earthquakes in Mexico

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On September 19, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck south of Mexico City, killing at least 273 people. The quake struck less than 2 weeks after an 8.1 earthquake hit Oaxaca, Mexico, killing dozens of people and damaging thousands of homes. Catholic Relief Services is bringing help to earthquake victims alongside the Catholic Church and other local partners. CRS works on behalf of Catholics in the United States to assist poor and vulnerable people around the world. 

Within the same week, Hurricane Maria barreled through the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. CRS and our Catholic partners are responding to back-to-back disasters in Mexico and across the Caribbean with urgent humanitarian relief. CRS’ sister organization, Catholic Charities, is aiding those affected by the hurricanes in the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Please support CRS' response to the earthquakes in Mexico as we pray, learn, act and give to those in need:


As Catholics, we recognize that prayer binds us in solidarity to our neighbors in distress, and connects us more deeply with the grace that flows from God. In times like these, we encourage responses that begin with prayer.



  • Print and share this flyer about how the Church is responding to the Mexico earthquakes and hurricanes in the Caribbean through CRS and Catholic Charities. (Contenido bilingüe)
  • Include information in your parish bulletin. (Contenido bilingüe)
  • Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter about how the Church is responding and how people can help.
  • Share creative ideas about how faith communities can respond.



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