A delegation from the Archdiocese of New Orleans prays together before visiting their government representatives to lobby for issues important to Catholics in Louisiana and across the nation. Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS

Our Current Prayer

Photo by Phillip Laubner/CRS

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As Catholics, we recognize that prayer is of the utmost importance. In our mission to act with the Church to help the poor overseas, we begin with prayer. 



When Tears are Our Prayers


Lord and Father of all,

We ask with the apostles,

Teach us to pray.

In our prayers, teach us to listen.

In times of stress, let our moaning

and our tears come to you as prayers.

Let us walk without fear but with great compassion

in those times of seemingly intractable conflict.

Deliver us from despair

Help us to seek your face.

Strengthen us to do your will.


Open our hearts and hands

to receive your blessings,

to be blessings to others,

to stand in solidarity with all your children,

especially those who are overwhelmed

by turmoil and great loss.




Light a Virtual Votive

"In prayer, God keeps calling us, opening our hearts to charity."

— Pope Francis

Light a candle and say a prayer for your loved ones and our brothers and sisters around the world. Your intentions will be remembered at Mass offered in St. Stephen's Chapel at Catholic Relief Services world headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.