Who We Are

Catholics Confront Global Poverty

Catholics Confront Global Poverty is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services. As the official voice of the Catholic Church in the U.S., we call on Catholics and our nation to defend the lives and dignity of people living in poverty worldwide, through advocacy and action.

As Catholics, we seek to encounter our neighbors at home and across the globe, to help the poor and vulnerable, to urge our nation to take action, and to transform our local and global communities. This work is rooted in prayer and worship and is part of our Baptismal call.  Prayer transforms us and connects us to God and neighbor, near and far.


Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to help the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:

PROMOTE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and,

SERVE CATHOLICS IN THE UNITED STATES as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, we work with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.

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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States.

The Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (JPHD) aids the Catholic bishops of the United States in carrying out the mission of Christ by engaging Catholics in prayer, reflection and action to protect the lives and dignity of members of the human family at home and around the world. JPHD carries out this task through education about the Church’s social mission and teaching, application of Church teaching to public policy, advocacy for the poor and vulnerable, and empowerment of low-income people and communities to overcome poverty.

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