Catholic Relief & Charity


Operation Rice Bowl gives help to a world in need
Jan 17 2008
This month, as Catholic communities across the country observe Lent, a national program lends real meaning to the season of prayer and reflection. Operation Rice Bowl, CRS’ annual Lenten initiative, encourages Americans to learn about the effects of global poverty and to pray for the people most affected by social injustice. At the same time, participants in ORB can have a direct impact on global hunger through their contributions, and play a part in CRS’ vision of ‘one human family’ by supporting their brothers and sisters around the globe.

Religious orders prepare orphans for adulthood
Jan 06 2008
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Yamira Abreu emerged from her 14-bed dormitory and headed to the dining hall to share a meal, conversation and prayers with her fellow students at the Hogar Rosa Duarte orphanage for girls.

Charity begins at home: Pope visits Vatican shelter
Jan 06 2008
VATICAN CITY – They welcomed him with a red paper garland, smiles and a few whispered words about themselves.

Catholic students help survivors of cyclone in Bangladesh
Dec 08 2007
DHAKA, Bangladesh – After a day of trudging through the debris of wrecked homes handing out relief coupons to survivors of the recent cyclone, the president of the Bangladesh Catholic Students’ Movement was tired.

Portable defibrillators improve survival chances
Dec 05 2007
A heart attack happens fast – and often.

Time, money running out for Katrina evacuees
Sep 02 2007
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Hurricane Recovery Office for Catholic Charities of Arkansas is continuing to assist hurricane evacuees with settling in Arkansas, but money and time are running out. The office announced it will remain open until March 31, six months longer than expected, thanks to a grant extension from the federal government.

British woman steers worldwide Caritas aid network
Aug 12 2007
VATICAN CITY – Lesley-Anne Knight has a warm smile and a big vision, but not one that includes doing anything single-handedly. Knight, 51, is the new secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization for 162 national Catholic charities around the world.

Knights of Columbus breaks its record for charitable giving
Jul 03 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Knights of Columbus, the largest lay Catholic organization in the world, has announced that it set new records for charitable giving and volunteer service in 2006.

Knoxville bishop named to succeed Archbishop Kelly in Louisville
Jun 12 2007
WASHINGTON – Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly of Louisville, Ky., and named Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Knoxville, Tenn., to succeed him. The changes were announced June 12 by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Kelly, a Dominican who turns 76 on July 14, has been a bishop since 1977 and head of the Louisville Archdiocese since 1982. Archbishop Kurtz, a 60-year-old priest of the Diocese of Allentown, Pa., was named bishop of Knoxville Oct. 26, 1999.

Pope says Latin America needs ‘courageous, effective missionaries’

May 13 2007
APARECIDA, Brazil – Celebrating Mass at Latin America’s biggest Marian shrine, Pope Benedict XVI said the church needs “courageous and effective missionaries” to revitalize the region’s Christian identity.