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We regularly host webcasts so that you can get first hand reports from experts and leaders about the Church’s work to address global poverty and injustice and what actions you can take to participate in these efforts.



We’re in the process of planning this month’s session! Details will be available soon. Please contact if you have any questions.


Crisis in Iraq and Syria: Providing Assistance for Refugees and Vulnerable Populations

This web chat focused on the growing number of families fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria. We discussed the Catholic Church’s incredible work to assist these families on the ground in the region, and how Catholics in the United States can advocate on behalf of our brothers and sisters in need with the U.S. government for greater protection and safety. Download your copy of the transcript here.

Date of Web Chat: September 30, 2014

Presenters: Caroline Brennan – Senior Communications Officer for the Humanitarian Response Department, Catholic Relief Services; Dr. Stephen M. Colecchi – Director of the Office of International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; and, Bill O’Keefe – Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy, Catholic Relief Services.

Addressing the Humanitarian Emergency of Unaccompanied Children

During this web chat, we discussed the Church’s ongoing work to protect and care for these children before, during and after their journeys, and address the root causes of why they are leaving their homes. Download your copy of the transcript and resource list from this session.

Original Date: July 29, 2014

Presenters: Most Rev. Daniel E. FloresBishop of Brownsville, Texas; Erica Dahl-Bredine, Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services in El Salvador; Kevin Appleby, Director of the Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; and, Jill Marie Gerschutz-Bell, Legislative Affairs Specialist in the Washington DC office of Catholic Relief Services.

Planting the Seeds of Peace: Working to End the Violence in the Central African Republic

In this session we highlighted the Church’s ongoing work to address the needs of our brothers and sisters impacted by the violence, and efforts to promote peace and an end to the violence in the Central African Republic. Watch the recording (link below) now to get up to speed on the situation in CAR and to learn how you can take action.
View the Recording.

Original Air Date: May 8, 2014.

Presenters: Sean Callahan and Kim Pozniak from CRS, and Steve Hilbert from the USCCB.

Essential for Life: Water for the World Act

Water is essential for life. It’s shocking, then, to learn that 768 million people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.  You can do something to change this dire situation for our brothers and sisters in a meaningful way: ask your Representative to support the Water for the World Act. This key piece of legislation will ensure that the world’s most marginalized communities remain front and center in efforts to bolster access to water, sanitation, and hygiene education – resources that save and improve lives.
View the recording (only 30 minutes!).
Original air date: March 12, 2014
Presenters: Kathleen Kahlau (CRS) and Chris Seremet (CRS)

Your Voice Makes a Difference: Quick Tips for Increasing Your Impact

Learn how easy it is to conduct a successful meeting with your legislators during the Congressional recesses on the most pressing issues involving protecting human life and dignity. In this session we also shared some recent experiences and best practices from the 2014 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.
View the recording (only 30 minutes!).
Original air date: February 12, 2014
Presenters: Kim Mazyck (CRS), Tom Mulloy (USCCB), and Chris West (CRS).

What You Did to Confront Global Poverty in 2013: Celebrating Your Advocacy Successes

This session highlighted your tremendous efforts to confront global poverty in 2013 and we reviewed one of the year’s best practices for communicating with Congress.
View the recording (only 30 minutes!).
Original air date: December 11, 2013
Presenters: Bill O’Keefe, Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy at Catholic Relief Services, and Dr. Stephen M. Colecchi, Director, Office of International Justice and Peace at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bring Home Dignity for Migrants: Update on Immigration Reform

This session focused on the push factors of migration.
View the recording (only 30 minutes!)
Original air date: October 17, 2013
Presenters: Erica Dahl-Bredine (CRS), Richard Coll (USCCB), and Mary DeLorey (CRS)

Your Voice Makes a Difference: Tips & Tools for Effective Advocacy

Learn how to increase your impact with some easy tips and tools shared by our experts. Then, put your skills to use by scheduling a district visit with your Representative and Senators during the August recess.

View the recording.
Original Air Date: August 7, 2013
Presenters: Steve Hilbert (USCCB), Kim Mazyck (CRS), and Chris West (CRS)
Access the TALKING POINTS for your visit by going to our Tools & Resources page under the ACT section.