Parishes donate more than $100,000 to CRS

CRS2015-fThe Archdiocese of Louisville’s annual collection for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) yielded a total donation from parishioners of $100,431.38.

CRS is the international humanitarian organization sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its latest financial report, from 2014, indicates that 92 percent of CRS’ annual budget funds its programs that serve the poor overseas. The agency currently serves in 101 countries and 85 million people benefitted from the organization’s work last year, according to its website, crs.org.

Most recently, CRS has come to the aid of people affected by major earthquakes that shook Nepal in April and May. CRS had staff on the ground immediately after the first quake and has since helped more than 20,000 households — 100,000 people — by providing emergency relief, such as shelter and food. Since then, the agency has committed $10 million to a three-year recovery program in Nepal.

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