Learn About Poverty Around the World

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. They work to alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

Read more about their Guiding Principles and Mission Statement.

Want to help, please join our Operation Rice Bowl Campaign


40 years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to famine in Africa. Could we feed the hungry through Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving? The answer was yes—and it came in the form of a small cardboard box.

40 years later, CRS Rice Bowl is your way to help our brothers and sisters in need each Lent.

CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities.

Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor.

Learn more about Lent and CRS Rice Bowl

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