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In his 54 years of life, Jimmy Patterson traveled only once outside the United States. He was 8 years old, and it was to the resort town of Acapulco, Mexico.
So when the lifelong Texan hopped on a plane bound for Jordan on October 4, 2013, he knew the trip would be like no other....More
Of all seasons, Lent holds a unique place at Catholic Relief Services.
It's a time when we see the faithful voluntarily make sacrifices in recognition of what many people experience as a permanent fact of life. It's a season set aside by the Church to help us walk more closely with God...More
From manna in the desert to the miraculous feeding of thousands to the last supper, God clearly shows his desire to feed us.
After raising a young girl from the dead, Jesus instructs her household to tell no one. Then, as Mark's Gospel tells us, the Lord adds this poignant and tender...More
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