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There is rarely a dull moment at Intisar Atallah's house, nestled in the sun-soaked hills of Halhoul in the West Bank. Especially on a day like today, when the 57-year-old mother of seven is entertaining a few of her grandchildren. There's not much to occupy the younger ones inside her small...More
Catholic Relief Services initiated its first HIV project in 1989 in Masaka, Uganda. Today CRS supports 184 HIV programs in 35 countries, with a total expenditure of $106 million in 2012. In partnership with other faith-based and non-governmental organizations, CRS directly supports more than...More
If we at Catholic Relief Services were to attempt to count our blessings, we'd never get any work done. There are all the blessings we're aware of—but how often are we blessed unawares? How many times has God protected, delivered or assisted us without our knowing? Counting our blessings is...More
For decades, Katanga Province, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has suffered humanitarian crises—from famine to war. A group of three territories, called the "triangle of death," has been hit especially hard since 2011, forcing thousands of families to flee. Catholic Relief Services,...More
After watching a documentary about Malawi orphans, Alejandro Ortega, 13, felt compelled to act. The fact that so many Malawian children were now facing hunger, untreated illness and an end to their schooling haunted him.
"It's hard to go on knowing that those things are happening every...More
In the Gospels, the Lord returns to the symbolism of the harvest again and again. The Kingdom of God is like a harvest—wheat will be separated from chaff. To the agrarian communities of the ancient world, few symbols were as powerful as seeding the soil, caring for the crop and harvesting the...More
One thousand people pull up weeds, clear brush and flatten the soil along a 6-mile stretch of land on the outskirts of Bor, a town in Jonglei State in South Sudan. They say they're building a road, but what they're really building is a nation.
Shoulder to shoulder, residents of nearby...More
Isatu Turay is getting baptized on Sunday. She's in her first year of high school in the village of Falaba high in the leafy mountains of northeastern Sierra Leone.
Isatu has been diligently studying the catechism. She's a bright girl who came in first for the national primary school exam...More