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Nikki Gamer
Catholic Relief Services
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, Jan. 31, 2023 – Sean Callahan, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), issued the following statement in recognition of Pope Francis’ visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, happening Jan. 31 – Feb. 5.

“As a Catholic organization dedicated to serving the needs of countless communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, we are inspired by the pope’s message of compassion, reconciliation, and harmony. We can only hope his visit reminds the rest of the world of the plight of the millions of people struggling with poverty and of our responsibility, as Catholics, to stand beside them.

Both countries have felt the impacts of protracted conflict and climate change, resulting in some of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world. Massive displacement and skyrocketing hunger have caused tremendous suffering.

The Holy Father’s visit calls us to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in these countries, and to work tirelessly for a world where all can thrive.”

To read more about CRS’ work in South Sudan, including our social cohesion work that supports the peacebuilding process, click here. To read more about CRS’ work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, click here.


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, visit or and follow Catholic Relief Services on social media in English at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube; and in Spanish at: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Nikki Gamer

Senior Public Affairs Manager

Nikki Gamer
January 31, 2023

Based in Baltimore, MD

Nikki is the Senior Public Affairs Manager for CRS and connects journalists to regional stories and sources related to the agency’s life-saving development work. Previously, Nikki worked as the Communications Officer for the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia. She has covered CRS’ response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the mass displacement...More