The Saint Benedict Medal is well known and widely used throughout the Christian world; everywhere it is regarded as a highly favored object of devotion. See a collection of St. Benedict medals and medallions
CRS Sells Microfiance Company to Developing World Markets posted on February 16, 2010 10:17:43 am Phnom Penh, February 23 —Catholic Relief Services announces the sale and transfer of its successful microfinance company, Thaneakea Phum (Cambodia) â€“ TPC â€“ to Developing World Markets (DWM). TPC currently serves over 91,400 rural and urban Cambodians, providing small loans that help them build and expand businesses. Thaneakea Phum means â€śVillage Bankâ€ť in Khmer.
Microfinance: Savings Clubs named Remember and Love posted on February 16, 2010 07:41:10 am By Bernice Yalley
The village of Worla, though not expansive, has decided to create two savings clubs. It would have been difficult to manage a club of 50 people and so they neatly bisected themselves. The first group has called themselves Remember and is now going through the process of electing a chairperson. I am one [...]
Operation Rice Bowl Fights Hunger posted on February 14, 2010 09:01:07 pm Fourth-grade students at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart School in Baltimore, MD, hold cardboard rice bowls used to raise money for Catholic Relief Servicesâ€™ annual Operation Rice Bowl program. ORB helps Catholics raise awareness and funds to fight global hunger. Each Lent, Catholic parishes, schools and families from more than 13,000 communities use symbolic [...]
Haiti Earthquake, One month later: Prayer and Perseverence posted on February 12, 2010 03:18:22 pm
CRS emergency response team, technical advisor for shelter and settlements, Isaac Boyd, helps to prepare containers of nails for 7,000 shelter kits. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS
On this one-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Catholic Relief Services joins with the Haitian people in three days of prayer commencing today as our brothers and [...]
CRS Counselor Sees Faith at Work Amid Ruins posted on February 09, 2010 10:38:20 am From Spero News:
â€śThere are no words to describe the devastation of the earthquake on this city. All over the city there are signsâ€”’We need helpâ€”water, food, medication, tents.’ ‘Please help us NOW!’ Rich and poor have lost everything hereâ€”yet you still hear people singing, especially songs of praise to God for saving them.â€ť These are [...]
Earthquake in Malawi: â€śWe thought the end had comeâ€ť posted on February 09, 2010 09:15:01 am
CRS is helping to distribute essential household items to families affected by the earthquake, including buckets for water storage. Photo courtesy of CADECOM
Throughout December, dozens of earthquakes and tremors rocked northern Malawi, culminating in a 6.0-magnitude quake on December 20, 2009. More than 3,000 families abandoned their homes due to extensive damage or significant cracks [...]
Combating Malnutrition in Guatemala posted on February 07, 2010 10:00:21 pm Community leader Edwin Roblero Barios prepares rations of oil for a food distribution in the Sanajaba community in the northern highlands of San Marcos, Guatemala. Expectant women and mothers with children under three years of age receive supplemental food rations and attend workshops that promote proper childhood development. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS
Thomas Awiapo: Outpouring of support for Haiti posted on February 06, 2010 07:51:08 am Most Reverend McManus â€“ Bishop of Worcester Diocese and I (Thomas Awiapo) had a 30 minutes media interview on the work of CRS in Haiti and around the world which will be aired across the country in due course.
The bishop announced that the Catholic community of the Worcester Diocese has raised close to $500,000 [...]
Catholic Church in South Africa Takes Over HIV Care posted on February 05, 2010 03:04:14 pm
Churches have become HIV clinics in South Africa thanks to exceptional partnership. Debbie DeVoe/CRS
This week, South Africa celebrated an important HIV milestone in Johannesburg. Due to excellent partnership and program execution, management of a very large U.S. grant supporting HIV care and treatment for more than 60,000 people is shifting from the international hands of [...]
Rabiouâ€™s Dreams of Making It Big [del.icio.us] posted on June 19, 2007 10:59:15 am Rabiou hitchhiked and traveled on foot to the border of Niger and Burkina Faso, more than 400 miles from his village. There he found work as a migrant laborer at the Kombangou gold mines.
Preserve the Humanitarian Aid in War Spending Bill [del.icio.us] posted on May 10, 2007 06:32:31 am When we use both our strength and our generosity effectively, we boost our national security. Congress and the president should put aside their differences over war funding to preserve the previously approved assistance for global humanitarian emergencies
The End of Organic Coffee? [del.icio.us] posted on April 27, 2007 01:03:49 pm a USDA ruling that threatens to dramatically reduce the availability of certified organic coffee by squeezing hundreds of thousands of small-scale coffee farmers out of the U.S. organic market. Yikes.