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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | January 11, 1995
The Rome-based World Food Program, an emergency aid agency of the United Nations, and Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian organization of the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, have agreed to an unprecedented sharing of resources.An agreement signed yesterday spells out a "division of labor" between the two groups when both are responding to an emergency, thus "cutting through duplication and red tape," said Michael A. D'Adamo, deputy director of the Catholic agency.
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By William E. Lori | August 17, 2014
Sectarian violence in Iraq has worsened dramatically in recent days, especially for Christians in the war-torn nation, prompting Pope Francis to appoint an envoy to meet with religious and government leaders in Iraq as well as with those Christians who have been forced from their homes in fear. "The news reports coming from Iraq leave us in dismay and disbelief: thousands of people, including many Christians, driven from their homes in brutal manner; children dying of thirst and hunger in their flight; women taken and carried off; violence of every kind; destruction of historical, cultural and religious patrimonies," the pope said.
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January 12, 1992
Archbishop Edward T. O'Meara, who had been president and chairman of the Baltimore-based Roman Catholic agency assisting war and disaster victims worldwide, died in Indianapolis Friday after a long illness. He was 70.The prelate, who also headed the Indianapolis archdiocese, was diagnosed last summer with pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease.He died at home, where he had been bedridden since Jan. 5, when he asked to be discharged from Indiana University Hospital, the Rev. David Coats said.The illness caused him to resign in September as head of Catholic Relief Services, which has its headquarters in Baltimore.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2014
Monsignor Roland Pierre Bordelon, a retired Catholic Relief Services director, died of dementia Dec. 18 at Charlestown Retirement Community. The former Mount Vernon resident was 87. Born in Bordelonville, La., he was the son of Russell and Lillian Dupuis Bordelon. Family members said his hometown was named for an ancestor, a French captain who came to America with the Marquis de Lafayette during the Revolutionary War. He was ordained a priest in 1950 and joined Catholic Relief Services a decade later.
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April 6, 1997
MICROCREDIT HAS become a buzzword in international development, as well as in domestic efforts to help welfare recipients and the working poor find a solid footing in the economy. But the strength of this idea is best understood in the stories of poor families.As The Sun's Ernest F. Imhoff reported from Ecuador, microcredit programs designed to provide small loans focus zTC primarily on women, but end up benefiting families and communities. Catholic Relief Services, the Baltimore-based agency featured in Mr. Imhoff's stories, loaned $3.8 million last year to some 33,500 borrowers.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | February 21, 1997
Catholic Relief Services is a welcome name for millions of poor people in Third World countries -- as visible with its humanitarian aid as the Red Cross and the United Nations.So much for the world.In Baltimore, its headquarters across from the Greyhound bus station is hardly noticed, its global mission almost unknown despite the agency being the first, oldest and most influential of three relief groups to move here since 1989.Lutheran World Relief and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, both in New York City, recently have planned to move here within three years, joining Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
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By Patrick Ercolano and Patrick Ercolano,Evening Sun Staff | May 7, 1991
For five days last month, David Holdridge traveled by jeep among thousands of starving refugees in northern Iraq. He covered some 3,000 miles and hardly slept. Not long after his arrival, time came to lose meaning for him."Days have no significance in a situation like that. For a thousand bucks, I couldn't have told you whether it was Wednesday or Saturday," says the official with Catholic Relief Services, a Baltimore-based international aid organization.Holdridge, who monitors Europe, Asia and parts of Africa for CRS, was in Iraq to get a first-hand look at the grim conditions there.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2012
Robert W. "Bob" Roche, a former Peace Corps volunteer who later worked in Africa with Catholic Relief Services, died Jan. 12 of undetermined causes at Sanctuary at Holy Cross, a Burtonsville senior living community. The Columbia resident was 61. "We are awaiting the results of an autopsy as to the cause of death," said his son, Robert L. Roche, who lives in Washington. Robert Winslow "Bob" Roche was born and raised in Monroeville, Pa., where he graduated in 1968 from Gateway Senior High School.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | October 25, 2003
The Baltimore Development Corp.'s recommendation yesterday that RLJ Development LLC develop Baltimore's proposed headquarters hotel brought good news for RLJ's partner, Catholic Relief Services, which has been seeking a new home for more than three years. The proposal by Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, and Quadrangle Development Corp. provides 200,000 square feet of office space for Catholic Relief Services. The international assistance agency, which employs 350 people in its Baltimore offices, had considered moving out of the city, from its home on West Fayette Street, in its search for a larger headquarters.
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By FRED RASMUSSEN and FRED RASMUSSEN,SUN STAFF | October 14, 1995
Michael Anthony D'Adamo, deputy director of Catholic Relief Services, whose work took him to Angola, Somalia, Rwanda and Ghana, died Oct. 5 of AIDS at his Charles Village residence. He was 38.Mr. D'Adamo, who joined the Baltimore-based relief organization 1987, was considered an expert on famine and disaster relief.Earlier this year, Mr. D'Adamo completed an agreement, which was signed in Baltimore, between the Rome-based World Food Program, an emergency aid agency of the United Nations, and CRS, the international humanitarian organization of the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops.
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By Scott Campbell | December 23, 2013
Chances are, unless you have a particular interest in the continent of Africa, you may have never heard of the Central African Republic. Even now you would have to be paying attention to international news for this landlocked country of 4.5 million to make a blip on your personal radar screen. But you should be paying attention because there is a humanitarian crisis of immense proportions occurring in the Central African Republic. Like too many countries on its continent, CAR - most refer to it by its initials - has been plagued by bad governance since gaining independence from France in 1958.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
Jo-Ann de Belen, who works for Baltimore-based nonprofit World Relief, was recently mobilized to the Philippines to coordinate relief efforts after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the region and left thousands dead. Though she has worked in crisis situations since joining the organization in 2009, the devastation left by the storm has affected her. Belen, who is Filipino, volunteered to be the sole World Relief representative stationed in the Philippines in part because she was motivated to help her native country.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2013
Baltimore-area organizations were mobilizing relief efforts Saturday after one of the strongest typhoons to make landfall - with winds reaching almost 200 mph - struck the central Philippines, leaving as many as 1,200 people dead. Officials from Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services and Lutheran World Relief said staff were ready to provide for the immediate needs of the thousands of people affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Haiyan, with more powerful wind speeds than Hurricane Katrina, destroyed an airport, cut power and phone lines, and flattened crops.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, the humanitarian who served as president of Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services for 18 years, as the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. The announcement, made Friday, means Hackett will become the U.S. government's official liaison to the Holy See. Hackett, 66, served the worldwide relief organization for 40 years, directing its efforts in more than 100 countries around the world until 2011. He gained a reputation as a man who cared about the Catholic Church and its directives and possessed diplomatic skills.
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By Carolyn Woo | April 25, 2013
Malaria is an enormous and tragic problem - that can be beat. It takes the life of a child every minute in Sub-Saharan Africa, and a million people die from malaria each year. It also stifles economic development, as malaria prevents children from attending school and adults from working. Today is World Malaria Day, and I am pleased to celebrate the lives saved and enriched by recent attention and investments. Not that many years ago, this would be an occasion for hand-wringing and lamenting the many victims of this disease and wishing we could get the world to do more.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2012
Roman Catholic bishops convening in Baltimore joined students and volunteers Sunday to transform a Harbor East hotel corridor into a food-packing operation to benefit West African orphans and battered women. Measuring out thousands of plastic bags of dry soy protein, rice, vitamins and dried vegetables, enough to feed six people, the volunteers worked alongside the humanitarian effort's sponsors, Catholic Relief Services and Stop Hunger Now, as well as the bishops. "This is so much more fun than sitting in meetings," said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., who is also Catholic Relief Services board chairman.
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By Rona Marech and Rona Marech,sun reporter | April 2, 2007
Laurence J. Bourassa, whose long career as an international aid worker took him to countries across Asia and Africa, died of kidney and respiratory failure Thursday at Long Green Center, a long-term care facility in Baltimore. He was 75. Mr. Bourassa's life was most notably shaped by two episodes, friends and colleagues said - his stint in Somalia with the first group of Peace Corps volunteers, which first gave him a taste for overseas humanitarian work, and two harrowing years he spent in Cambodia during the bloody era of the infamous killing fields.
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By Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2012
Jean Gartlan, a retired journalist and a Catholic Relief Services program director who worked in 1960s refugee relief in southern Africa, died of cancer Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 88 and lived in Mount Vernon. "She was really a Renaissance woman," said Ken Hackett, former Catholic Relief Services president. "She was literary and traveled the world. She did some remarkable behind-the-scenes things, and ... you never knew she was there. " Born in New York City and raised in Washington Heights, she earned an English degree at the College of Mount St. Vincent and a second bachelor's degree, in journalism, from Columbia University.
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By Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2012
Jean Gartlan, a retired journalist and a Catholic Relief Services program director who worked in 1960s refugee relief in southern Africa, died of cancer Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 88 and lived in Mount Vernon. "She was really a Renaissance woman," said Ken Hackett, former Catholic Relief Services president. "She was literary and traveled the world. She did some remarkable behind-the-scenes things, and ... you never knew she was there. " Born in New York City and raised in Washington Heights, she earned an English degree at the College of Mount St. Vincent and a second bachelor's degree, in journalism, from Columbia University.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2012
Robert W. "Bob" Roche, a former Peace Corps volunteer who later worked in Africa with Catholic Relief Services, died Jan. 12 of undetermined causes at Sanctuary at Holy Cross, a Burtonsville senior living community. The Columbia resident was 61. "We are awaiting the results of an autopsy as to the cause of death," said his son, Robert L. Roche, who lives in Washington. Robert Winslow "Bob" Roche was born and raised in Monroeville, Pa., where he graduated in 1968 from Gateway Senior High School.
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