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Catholic Humanitarian Workers Return to Baghdad
25 Apr 03 | Humanitarian aid workers from Caritas Iraq returned to Baghdad today along with partners from Caritas Internationalis, an international confederation of Catholic charitable organizations.

CRS Responds to Families Displaced by Escalating Conflict in the Philippines
23 Apr 03 | In response to recent conflict in the southern Philippines, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is working through local partners to expand humanitarian relief and recovery assistance to displaced populations, committing $180,704 in support.

CRS Chairman Urges Collection for Iraq
22 Apr 03 | Citing the humanitarian needs facing the people of Iraq, Bishop Robert E. Lynch, Chairman of the Board of Catholic Relief Services, urged fellow bishops in the United States to launch a voluntary collection for Iraq emergency relief.

Catholic Relief Services Set to Move Humanitarian Assistance into Iraq
17 Apr 03 | Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and its partner Caritas Iraq announced today plans to send a four-vehicle convoy of vitally needed relief items into Iraq. The convoy's total value of $500,000 is sponsored by Caritas Internationalis.

CRS Works With Congress to Pass Legislation Halting the Funding of Rebel Groups
11 Apr 03 | Working with Catholic Relief Services and a coalition of humanitarian organizations, Congress passed legislation today eliminating illegally trafficked rough diamonds—a key funding source for some of the world's most brutal regimes and rebel groups.

Rescue Efforts After Bolivian Landslide Complicated by Danger of Further Collapse
07 Apr 03 | Continuing danger of further collapse following last week's landslide in Chima, Bolivia is complicating ongoing aid and rescue efforts there. At least 16 are now confirmed dead, 17 were injured and 46 reported missing.

Humanitarian Convoy to Help Reunite Congolese Families Separated by War
04 Apr 03 | Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and local partner Caritas Congo today announced the departure of a convoy carrying 700 returning displaced persons and humanitarian aid from the capital, Kinshasa, to rebel-controlled Bena-Dibele, some 1300 km upriver.

CRS and Catholic Bishops Urge Congress to Use U.S. Influence to Support Lasting Peace in Congo Region
03 Apr 03 | Yesterday's signing of an historic accord in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) established a fragile amity, but hopes to end nearly five years of war may shatter unless the U.S. and the international community increase their engagement to peace.

Catholic Agencies Launch Worldwide Appeal for Dislpaced in Iraq
02 Apr 03 | Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announced an international appeal for $8.3 million to assist more than 260,000 Iraqis displaced within the country over the next three months.

Catholic Agencies Prepare for Refugee Influx into Jordan
28 Mar 03 | Catholic Relief Services (CRS), in partnership with Caritas Jordan, has trained a network of volunteers to work in two UNHCR-run refugee camps in Ruweishad, Jordan, along the border with Iraq in the event of a massive refugee influx.

Catholic Agencies Respond to Urgent Needs in Basra
26 Mar 03 | Catholic Relief Services' partner, Caritas Iraq, has sent emergency medical supplies from its centers in Baghdad to Basra in response to an urgent appeal for help from Archbishop Gibrael Kassab of Basra.

Catholic Relief Services Initiates Humanitarian Response in Iraq; Agency Prays for All Affected by War
20 Mar 03 | Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is providing food and medicine to the people of Iraq, as the onset of conflict threatens to greatly worsen the country's humanitarian crisis. The agency is responding to humanitarian needs inside Iraq.

Ethiopia Holding Precarious Line Against Famine, Aid Agencies Report
18 Mar 03 | The executives of three humanitarian organizations warned in a news conference today that Ethiopia is on the brink of famine unless the international community takes immediate action. Eleven million people are in need of emergency assistance.

Argentina Crisis Leaves Millions of Children Undernourished
17 Mar 03 | As many as one fourth of all Argentinean children under the age of five are undernourished, and some face the risk of starvation, according to Caritas Argentina, the social services agency of the Catholic Church in Argentina.

Catholic Relief Services Responds to Drought in Madagascar
12 Mar 03 | Severe drought in southern Madagascar has placed hundreds of thousands at risk of starvation, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) reported today. "This situation is critical," said Jennifer Overton, CRS' Country Representative for Madagascar.

Displaced in Congo in Need of Immediate Aid
07 Mar 03 | Catholic Relief Services today announced plans to assist more than 30,000 people displaced by fighting in the Lomami River Valley in central Democratic Republic of the Congo. The area has been cut off from the capital, Kinshasa, since the war began.

Operation Rice Bowl Brings Opportunity for Global Awareness and Action for the Poor
01 Mar 03 | In this year when the severity of international crises continues to heighten, American Catholics, through their participation in the program, will put their faith into action and walk in solidarity with their neighbors in need around the world.

U.S. Support of Private Aid Organizations is Key to Addressing World Hunger
25 Feb 03 | As global hunger crises around the globe escalate, the U.S. Government should support the unique role of American private voluntary organizations (PVOs), which represent the spirit of American generosity and address long-term hunger needs.

Catholic Relief Services Receives Global Aids Fund Grant
14 Feb 03 | Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announced today it has received more than $1.5 million to combat HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections in Madagascar. The grant comes from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Catholic Relief Services Appoints New Regional Director for Southern Africa
28 Jan 03 | Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Executive Director, Ken Hackett, today announced the appointment of Annemarie Reilly to the position of Regional Director for Southern Africa.

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