Did you know 80-90% of orphans have a living parent? But circumstances, like extreme poverty, often cause parents to give up their children and put them in orphanages, where conditions can be very difficult...even hazardous. We believe every child deserves a family. That's why we are working with our partners, Lumos and Maestral International, to get children out of orphanages and into...
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Today we remember the life and death of Blessed Oscar Romero, a martyr for El Salvador. As the Archbishop, he boldly spoke out against oppression, against the systems in place there were condemning so many members of his community to poverty. Even more so, he stood with those who were facing violence and who were being pushed to the margins of society.

Let us reflect on his legacy and pray...
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Tomorrow is another opportunity to eat #meatless and try one of our simple meals, this time, from El Salvador. Find this recipe at CRS Rice Bowl. English: [ Bit.ly Link ], Spanish: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Imagine the entire population of the United States: everyone you know, all your family and friends. Multiply that by 2.5 times and that's almost the amount of people who are living without access to clean water -- 780 million.

Clean water is absolutely essential for a healthy life. Clean water means less risk of diseases, healthier children and better lives. Learn how you can help bring water...
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Today we honor the life of St. Joseph, spouse of Mary. We offer a prayer for all protectors of families all over the world. We have the honor of working with millions of family protectors every day.

For resources your parish, school and family can use to help celebrate the Church calendar throughout the year, visit our Resource Center: [ Bit.ly Link ]
This week, we encounter Fernando from #ElSalvador, a young man who is learning how to turn his passion for business into work that will provide for his young family. Read his story on CRS Rice Bowl here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Did you know that 25% of your CRS Rice Bowl donations go to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in your own community?

In Chicago, for example, the money is being used for arts programs that reach kids affected by gang violence in their neighborhoods. With your help, they are creating messages of peace. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Did you know St. Patrick was captured and sold into slavery? On his feast day, we remember his story and we ask for his intercession for all those around the world who are still victims of slavery and human trafficking. [ Bit.ly Link ]
This week, CRS Rice Bowl introduced us to Evelina from Zambia. Today, we learn how to make a meal from her country. Here's Ifisashi for your #meatlessFriday tomorrow. Find the recipe here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Watch this video in Spanish: [ Youtu.be Link ]
Anniversaries are something we usually celebrate…but not this one. As of today, the war in Syria has torn families apart for six years, forcing millions of families to make a stark choice: flee their home country of Syria or be killed. Today, we hold those who have been forcibly uprooted from their homes in our prayers. We pray they find comfort and solace in those who help them find refuge...
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We love this story of hope from Zambia. Be sure to follow CRS Rice Bowl on Facebook and Twitter for more ways to #encounterLent.
We are wishing Pope Francis a Happy Anniversary! On the fourth anniversary of his papacy, we remember the work and mercy brought forth by Pope Francis. Today, we share with you some of our favorite quotes. Do you have a favorite #PopeFrancis quote?
If you are familiar with Pope Francis' Lenten Message this year, you'll know that he wants us to use these 40 days to build a "culture of encounter."

CRS Rice Bowl can help you do that by connecting you with stories of those we serve around the world. This year, people from India, Zambia, El Salvador, Mexico, Ethiopia, and United States are a part of CRS Rice Bowl's Lenten journey.

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5 Ways Pope Francis Supports CRS Rice Bowl (Through His Words)

This week, CRS Rice Bowl, introduced you to the Singh family in #India. Today, we share a common meal found in their homeland: Dalma with spinach. Watch and share this video, then head over to our library of #meatless recipes to prepare it: [ Bit.ly Link ]
“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” —Unknown

In honor of #InternationalWomensDay, we recognize the amazing women we serve and work with around the world. We are proud to know them. Get to know more of their inspiring stories here: [ Bit.ly Link ] #IWD2017
Refugees are people fleeing a situation of extreme violence in their homeland, where they are in danger of being killed if they stay. While Catholic Relief Services doesn’t resettle refugees in the United States, we do provide assistance to refugees in the countries they’ve fled to. Assisting refugees is at the heart of what we do.

Because we know and work with so many refugees, we have...
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Did you know that CRS Fair Trade is now CRS Ethical Trade? To see the new website, new partners, and new ethically-made products, visit: ethicaltrade.crs.org.
This week, CRS Rice Bowl invites to encounter the Singhs, a family from India that is working with CRS to better prepare for flooding and other disasters. Read their full story: [ Bit.ly Link ]
This Lent, we are called to encounter God, ourselves and one another. We can start by being disciples of Jesus and sharing our gifts with one another. It’s happening in Chicago where ordinary people are breaking the cycle of violence. Read more about how they’re doing it and how CRS Rice Bowl​ can help you #encounterLent this year: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Tomorrow is the first Friday of #Lent! That means it's time to cook up a #meatless recipe. Take a look at this Arroz Rojo recipe from Mexico. You can find more recipe ideas by heading over to our CRS Rice Bowl library of meatless meals: [ Bit.ly Link ].

Watch this recipe in Spanish here: [ Youtu.be Link ]