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Tom Zolper
Catholic Relief Services
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, July 1, 2020 – If we don’t beat COVID-19 everywhere, we can’t beat it anywhere. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is urging Congress to assist the international pandemic response by allocating a relatively small amount of funding. Elected officials are understandably concerned about their own constituents. But a recent poll by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Morning Consult found 72% of American voters support assistance to vulnerable people overseas. CRS is urging Congress to appropriate no less than $20 billion for the international fight against COVID-19.

Here is a joint letter of faith-based organizations joining CRS to make this urgent plea to leaders of Congress.


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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