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Bishop Paul McAleenan, center, meets charity workers and volunteers helping refugees in Dover, England, Sept. 15, 2020.

Catholic bishop laments deaths of children after migrant boat sinks in English Channel

Oct 28, 2020

A Catholic bishop expressed sorrow Wednesday after a migrant boat sank in the English Channel, killing four members of a... Read more

President D.Trump participates in the first presidential campaign debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Sept. 29, 2020.

Trump and Biden clash on immigration and coronavirus during final debate

Oct 23, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Immigration and the coronavirus pandemic took center stage on Thursday’s final debate between President Donald Trump and former vice president... Read more

Sign at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Supreme Court takes case against 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy

Oct 20, 2020

The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, under which some asylum applicants... Read more

After litigation, new HHS policy ends prohibition on abortion for undocumented minors in federal custody

Sep 30, 2020

Federal officials announced on Tuesday a new policy that will make it possible for undocumented teenage immigrants in federal custody... Read more

US Department of Homeland Security seal.

Mexico investigating alleged ICE detainee hysterectomies

Sep 23, 2020

Mexico is investigating reports that at least six of its nationals were among women in US immigration custody on whom... Read more

Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead bishop for migrants and refugees of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Catholic bishop: UK and France must tackle ‘underlying reasons’ for rise in English Channel migrant crossings

Jul 23, 2020

A Catholic bishop has urged the U.K. and France to address the “underlying reasons” for a rise in migrants risking... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta July 8, 2020.

Pope Francis calls on Christians to recognize the face of Christ in migrants

Jul 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis offered Mass Wednesday asking the Virgin Mary to help Christians recognize the face of Christ in each migrant... Read more

A child hugs a volunteer teacher at a camp for asylum seekers on Dec. 8, 2019 in the Mexican border town of Matamoros.

Coronavirus comes to a migrant tent city at US border

Jul 6, 2020

More than 1,500 people live in a tent city without running water or adequate sanitation at the border of Texas... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 16, 2019.

Pope Francis to celebrate Mass marking anniversary of Lampedusa visit

Jul 6, 2020

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass Wednesday marking the seventh anniversary of his visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa.  Read more

U.S.-Mexico border.

US bishops ask Catholics to pray for Brownsville diocese border wall fight

Jun 19, 2020

By Matt Hadro

For Religious Freedom Week 2020, the U.S. Catholic bishops are highlighting an unusual case—a Texas chapel that could be demolished... Read more

US Catholic bishops praise Supreme Court DACA decision

Jun 18, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference (USCCB) praised the Supreme Court on Thursday for a decision that keeps the federal Deferred... Read more

Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead bishop for migrants and refugees of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

UK Catholic bishops: visa rules are causing supply priest shortage

Jun 11, 2020

U.K. visa rules are leaving parishes without supply priests, Catholic bishops said Tuesday.  Read more

Citing COVID risk, Davenport bishop calls for release of detained migrants

Jun 1, 2020

Bishop Thomas Zinkula of Davenport, Iowa has written a letter to the local homeland security chief asking for the release... Read more

Cardinal Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the migrants and refugees section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Cardinal Czerny: Immigrants are essential, pandemic shows

May 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The emergency caused by coronavirus has made the situation of many vulnerable people even more precarious; it has also highlighted... Read more

US Supreme Court.

Supreme Court allows ‘public burden’ rule for migrants, but Catholic leaders object

Jan 28, 2020

A Trump administration rule defining more low-income immigrants as a public burden may go into effect, the U.S. Supreme Court... Read more

Central American migrants in a caravan headed toward the United States Jan. 21, 2010.

Mexican bishop: Migrant caravan should be ‘treated like brothers’

Jan 22, 2020

The bishop of the southern Mexican border town of Tapachula is calling for members of an incoming migrant caravan to... Read more

Canadian sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz poses next to his sculpture, 'Angels Unawares.'

'Angels Unawares' - Vatican migration sculpture coming to United States

Dec 17, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In 2019, Pope Francis unveiled a new bronze sculpture in St. Peter’s Square, “Angels Unawares,” a depiction of migrants throughout... Read more

Border marker at San Ysidro.

Tucson bishop: US policy puts migrants at risk of violent crime

Dec 5, 2019

The U.S. government’s “Remain in Mexico” policies put vulnerable migrants at risk of kidnapping, rape, cartel violence, gang activity, and... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Nov. 13, 2019.

Pope Francis tells Jesuits he is shocked by anti-immigration narratives in Europe

Dec 5, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis decried the mistreatment of migrants and said that he is shocked by anti-immigration narratives within Europe during a... Read more

New US asylum rule is gambling with lives of migrants, Catholic leaders warn

Nov 25, 2019

New asylum rules from the Trump administration put vulnerable people at risk and could further destabilize Central America, the U.S.... Read more