Witnesses, Workers and Prophets: Tools to live our faith in a Globalized World


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  • Script: Catholic Relief Services is your agency. We work in over 87 countries around the world. Started by the US Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, began in 1943 settling war refugees in Europe. Once Europe regained stability, the agency sought to reach out to other countries around the world in Africa, Asia, Latin America.
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  • Catholic Social Teaching, but will share with you the principles that CRS has extracted from these teachings to guide our work. At the core of this body of teaching is the Dignity of the Human person and the search for justi ce , which we understand as right relationships among people, following the example of Jesus Christ who sacrificed, so we could have a right relationship with God. Along with this is peace , the calling to prevent and address violent conflict and to right relationships though non- violent means. The Social Nature of humanity is the idea that we are connected into one human family and must be aware of the effect of our actions on the other. The Common Good states that a social fabric of relationships and conditions must exist to allow each person to reach his or her full potential. The Option for the Poor means making decisions to with the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable in mind. Subsidiarity is the principle that better decisions are made by the people closer to the problem and with a better understanding of the issue. Stewardship is the principle that calls us to ensure resources are used justly and equitably and with future generations in mind. Finally, we believe in solidarity , recognizing the fact that we are one human family, whatever our differences and that loving our neighbor has global dimensions. Our vision is tha t Solidarity will transform the world.
  • Script: Catholic Relief Services is your agency. . Started by the US Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, began in 1943 settling war refugees in Europe. Catholic Charities is our sister agency doing domestic work. Once Europe regained stability, the agency sought to reach out to other countries around the world in Africa, Asia, Latin America. Today, we work in over 99 countries around the world  
  • Script: Somos CRS la agencia de asistencia humanitaria de la Iglesia de los EEUU, tu iglesia. Somos quienes ayudamos si hay un desastre natural, un terremoto o huracán, asistimos a los refugiados y desplazados victimas de conflictos armados. Apoyamos a las comunidades más pobres para que las personas tengan una vida digna: acceso a agua potable, educación y salud.
  • Script: Joao es un refugiado Angolano que vive en un campo para refugiados en Zambia. El perdió la pierna en una mina al cruzar la frontera para salvar a su familia. Su esposa murió en el ultimo parto dejando 5 hijos. El recibió semillas y comida de CRS, ahora ha plantado maíz y esta orgulloso de poder tener darle de comer a sus hijos.
  • Ana, es una niña Guatemalteca de 11 años, ella recibe una beca de CRS para cursar el 6to grado. Pero además de ir a la escuela, Ana les esta enseñando a sus padres, quienes no tuvieron la oportunidad de ira a la escuela a leer y a escribir.
  • Rosa es una agricultora Nicaragüense. Antes le pagaban centavos por su café y no podía mantener a su familia. Hoy Rosa es parte del programa de comercio Justo de CRS. Ella trabaja con otros campesinos en una cooperativa. Ahora si recibe un precio justo por su café y además, ella y su familia pueden pasar consulta en el centro medico de la cooperativa.
  • Script: You and your students can: Pray with your community for our neighbors around the world Participate in Catholic Relief Services’ education programs that challenge students to understand injustice and poverty and inspire them to put their faith into action Advocate: on behalf of our global community to influence US policy that will reach out to our family around the world
  • Joven Obrero- Trabaja por la justicia y para los pobres mediante nuestros programas de Comercio Justo, Operación Plato de Arroz, Se Valiente y Ayuna
  • Witnesses, Workers and Prophets: Tools to live our faith in a Globalized World

    1. 1. Mari Barboza- CRS Región Noreste Witnesses, Workers and Prophets: tools to live our faith in a globalized world
    2. 2. Our Globalized World <ul><li>Today’s increasingly interconnected world presents new challenges and opportunities to live our faith </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Gospel and Catholic Social teach us to face a globalized world <ul><li>Call us to act on our faith and </li></ul><ul><li>to love and live solidarity in concrete ways. </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Gospel says <ul><li>Mateo 25:34-36” Come blessed of my Father into the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me, sick and in prison and you visited me.” </li></ul>
    5. 5. Guiding Principles of CRS’ Work in the World <ul><li>Sacredness and Dignity of the Human Person </li></ul><ul><li>Rights and Responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Social Nature of Humanity </li></ul><ul><li>The Common Good </li></ul><ul><li>Subsidiarity </li></ul><ul><li>Solidarity </li></ul><ul><li>Option for the Poor </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship </li></ul>
    6. 6. Who is Catholic Relief Services? <ul><li>The humanitarian and development agency of the United States catholic community. </li></ul><ul><li>Motivated by the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Provides assistance based on need not nationality, race or creed. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Works in 100 countries around the world. In 2008 we assisted 100 million people.
    8. 8. Catholic Relief Services, your agency Our vision: Solidarity will transform the world “ “ action on behalf of the one human family, calling us to help overcome the divisions in our world. Solidarity binds the rich to the poor. It makes the free zealous for the cause of the oppressed. It drives the comfortable and secure to take risks for the victims of tyranny and war. It calls those who are strong to care for those who are weak and vulnerable across the spectrum of human life. It opens homes and hearts to those in flight from terror and to migrants whose daily toil supports affluent lifestyles. Peacemaking, as Pope John Paul II has told us” A call to Global Solidarity, USCCB
    9. 9. Joao from Angola
    10. 10. Fariba from Afghanistan
    11. 11. Ana from Guatemala
    12. 12. Rosa from Nicaragua www.crsfairtrade.org
    13. 13. What can you do?
    14. 14. Witness <ul><li>Be a witness to Christ’s call to care for the poor and marginalized. </li></ul><ul><li>In our ever-more connected world what we choose, do or fail to do affects the lives of others. </li></ul><ul><li>Pray for our brothers and sisters. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Worker: <ul><li>Work for justice and for the poor . </li></ul><ul><li>Some of our programs: </li></ul><ul><li>Fair Trade, </li></ul><ul><li>Operation Rice Bowl, </li></ul><ul><li>Food Fast </li></ul>
    16. 16. Prophet: <ul><li>Find out about the lives of your brothers and sisters </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate for fair policies </li></ul><ul><li>Join CRS Legislative Network. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Operation Rice Bowl Food Fast) Programs focused on world hunger and poverty Grow a commitment to End Global Hunger <ul><li>963 million people in the world are HUNGRY </li></ul><ul><li>300 million are children </li></ul>
    18. 18. Promote economic development of the poor … <ul><li>Educatimg our families and ocmmunities about why to choose Fair Trade. </li></ul><ul><li>Selling Fair Trade products : coffee, chocolates and crafts from the Work of Human Hands catalogue. </li></ul><ul><li>Creando un mercado para el Café motivando a la parroquia o lugar de trabajo. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Join one million Catholics Confronting Global Poverty <ul><li>To improve international humanitaria assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen peacebuilding initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Care for the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Address teh root causes of migration </li></ul><ul><li>Reform global trade policies </li></ul>
    20. 20. This is how we change lives and communities and we will transform the world.
    21. 21. Together we can change the world!
    22. 22. WWW.CRS.ORG WWW.CRSESPANOL.ORG Mari Barboza [email_address]