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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

Gonzaga, Catholic Charities team up to offer immigration legal assistance

Gonzaga University Law School in Spokane is partnering with Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington to offer immigration legal assistance to... Read more

Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso participates in a binational Mass held in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2017.

El Paso bishop encourages Catholics to overcome racism with acts of inclusion

Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso issued a pastoral letter Sunday reflecting on the area's history of racism and encouraging... Read more

Father Benedetto di Bitonto.

Catholic Center in Jerusalem takes care of the 'forgotten kids' of Israel's immigrant workers

There are no tourists in Jerusalem’s Talbieh neighborhood. And even locals don’t always notice the Capuchin Franciscans coming and going... Read more

Freeze on Central American aid could cause spike in immigration, Congress told

The Trump administration’s freeze on foreign aid to three Central American countries is harming the people who live there, and... Read more

A migrant farm worker chats with fellow Catholics at a Mass celebrated near the US-Mexico border, on Sept. 25, 2019.

At US-Mexico border, bishops emphasize bonds of faith and family

At a Mass and press conference held at the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas on Wednesday, bishops from the... Read more