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Catholic Relief Services


For more than 60 years, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has served the poorest and most vulnerable in the developing world, helping those in need without regard to race, belief or nationality.

CRS reaches out to people in more than 80 countries around the world to alleviate poverty and suffering.

Guiding principles:

  • Dignity and Equality of the Human Person
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Social Nature of Humanity
  • The Common Good
  • Subsidiarity
  • Solidarity
  • Option for the Poor
  • Stewardship

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. CRS is motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to assist the poor and suffering in more than 100 countries on the basis of need, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

For more information, please visit crs.org.


  • A Catholic Campaign Against Global Poverty: Trade, Aid, Debt

    This is an invitation to Catholics throughout the U.S. to join us in the Campaign and advocate with CRS for U.S. policies that foster economic and social development for people living in poverty throughout the world.

    TRADE: Shaping U.S. trade policies so that overcoming poverty and promoting human development are central priorities.

    AID: Supporting effective programs that foster long-term development and empowerment of the poor;

    DEBT: Eliminating the debt of the poorest countries in ways that reduce poverty and promote human dignity.

    For more information:
  • CRS Rice Bowl (ORB)

    CRS Rice Bowl is CRS’s annual Lenten program. Adopted in 1975, CRS Rice Bowl invites Catholics:
    • To pray for a more just world
    • To fast in solidarity with those who are hungry
    • To learn about the joys and challenges in the lives of our brothers and sisters overseas who are challenged by poverty and
    • To give to support programs which serve them.

For more information about CRS Rice Bowl and resources designed to help you to integrate CRS Rice Bowl in your home or your community, visit crsricebowl.org.

  • Food Fast

    This is a hunger awareness program for Catholic youth (ages 13-18) with a focus on global poverty and justice. For more information visit www.foodfast.org
  • Fair Trade Program

    CRS Fair Trade Program gives U.S. Catholics a chance to support poor people overseas through everyday choices about what to buy, drink and eat. With Fair Trade, everyone wins: small-scale producers, artisans and farmers overseas get treated with dignity and earn a fair price for the goods, they produce and consumers get extraordinary coffee, chocolate and crafts. To learn more visit: www.crsfairtrade.org
  • CRS Volunteer Program
  • Global Fellows Program
  • Called to Witness Program

For more information, please contact:
Meredith P. Cook, Esq.
Director of the Office of Public Policy
(603) 663-0148

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

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