Hurricane Maria

Responding to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) emergency staff in the Caribbean are working with Caritas partners this week to distribute emergency supplies in communities hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean. CRS is prioritizing efforts in the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Antilles, and coordinating closely with Caritas partners, the United Nations and humanitarian actors. Puerto Rico also suffered tremendous, wide-spread damage.

Because CRS is the U.S. Catholic Church’s international humanitarian agency -- assisting vulnerable people overseas -- we’re supporting the emergency response outside of the United States. 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 these hurricanes 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)
  • Share creative ideas about how faith communities can respond.



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