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As the fierce violence in Syria continues to force families to flee the country, another crisis is looming: winter. Temperatures are plummeting, making living conditions even more precarious. The United Nations estimates that more than 500,000 Syrians have flooded across borders into Lebanon,...More
I'm very big on atmosphere. I'm one of those people who can walk into a room and tell whether its inhabitants are feeling generally perky—or have just had a blazing row.
Whenever I travel around West and Central Africa for Catholic Relief Services, I subconsciously seem to work out...More
This Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of Christ with our family and friends, remember how good it feels to be the one giving gifts. It goes beyond gifts wrapped in bright paper and piled under the tree. As a Catholic, you give the most important gifts every single day of the year: the gifts...More
Darou Abdulmalik is doing something remarkable with help from something remarkably simple. She is feeding her family of 11 in Sudan with the nutritious vegetables she grows at home in Kulbus, West Darfur—in a 6-foot diameter plot called a keyhole garden.
They are such simple things—variations on the type of small vegetable plots many of us have in our own backyards—yet keyhole gardens are having a profound effect on the lives of people in Lesotho, a small nation that's an "island" in the middle of South Africa.
Locavore: It's the term coined in the United States to describe folks who strive to eat only locally grown food.
Locavores carefully source their food—both to sustain their local agricultural community and to help cut down on the environmental effects of trucking food long...More
There is a song Mary Kamangeni hums as she places bundles of dried stalks on the land where she's planted corn. "My life is like the water in the stream." she sings softly in Chichewa, the language of Malawi. "It flows in one direction."
We have a really cool little story coming up about Catholic kids. You won't want to miss it. But first….
A key principle that Catholics carry with them when venturing to help poor and vulnerable people is independence. The Church's teachings on social justice takes care...More