Media Center“Amoris Laetitia” Recognizes Plight of Families in a Troubled World

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Tom Price
Catholic Relief Services
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Pope Francis Highlights Challenges of Conflict, Migration and Poverty

BALTIMORE, MD, April 8, 2016 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) hails Pope Francis’ Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) for spotlighting the massive challenges families face in the developing world. Whether fleeing conflict in Syria, gang violence in Latin America, or failing crops in East Africa, Pope Francis stresses the very different challenges families face around the world.

At the same time, he issues the rallying cry, “may we never lose heart because of our limitations, or ever stop seeking that fullness of love and communion which God holds out before us.” Pope Francis calls on us to “let us make this journey as families, let us keep walking together.”

“Pope Francis clearly sees the challenges Catholic Relief Services faces in serving more than 100 countries around the world,” says CRS President, Carolyn Woo. “He sees the single mother with her children fleeing violence in Syria, he sees the farmer realizing that his children will not have enough food for the next season. He also shows us the way ahead by calling us to walk together with these families.

It is beautiful that he calls for us to act as one human family to strengthen families throughout our world.”

Woo noted that the family is at the heart of CRS’ programming. CRS helps poor families thrive by focusing on emergencies, health, and agriculture. CRS also builds bridges between families in the United States and families overseas through programs such as CRS Rice Bowl, CRS Fair Trade, and CRS Helping Hands.

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Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. For more information, please visit or and follow CRS on social media: Facebook, @CatholicRelief@CRSnewsYouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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