Luncheon launches Rice Bowl campaign

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By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor

In places around the world where human dignity is suffering, the church offers aid to lift up the human person, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz told about 200 Catholic school students and a group of refugees assisted by Catholic Charities of Louisville Feb. 23.

The students and refugees, who chatted with one another as they dined on pizza, were gathered at Sacred Heart Academy to launch CRS Rice Bowl, the perennial Lenten fundraiser for Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

The agency is the U.S. church’s international counterpart to the domestic Catholic Charities agencies. Its fundraiser centers on cardboard boxes — meant to represent a simple bowl of rice — that collect household donations throughout Lent.

Archbishop Kurtz, who offered some opening comments at the event organized by Catholic Charities of Louisville, noted that as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2013 to 2016 he

visited parts of the world that had suffered various crises — from natural disasters to violence. And in each of those places, he told his listeners, “Guess who I met there? CRS.”

“Pretty much wherever you go in the world, where dignity needs to be restored, you will find Catholic Relief Services.”

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