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Mexican national guard officers work in the area where a trucked rolled over after a traffic accident that killed migrants from Central America, Dec. 9, 2021 in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico. A truck accident leaves at least 49 people dead and dozens injured according to authorities. Most of the victims are believed to be migrants from Central American who were travelling on a truck that rolled over and crashed into a pedestrian bridge.

Catholic leaders offer prayers after Mexico truck crash kills at least 54

Dec 10, 2021

By Mercedes De La Torre

Pope Francis has expressed his closeness to the victims of Thursday’s traffic accident in Mexico’s Chiapas state that caused the... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Mavrovouni refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Dec. 5, 2021

Pope Francis calls migrant crisis a ‘shipwreck of civilization’ during refugee camp visit

Dec 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis visited the Mavrovouni migrant reception and identification center located along the shore of the island of Lesbos, Read more

Grace and Daniel have been stuck in Cyprus' buffer zone for more than six months after they fled Cameroon.

These Christian migrants prayed for a better future. Now Pope Francis is making it possible

Dec 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

As a sign of Pope Francis’ concern for migrants, the Vatican has announced that it is helping to arrange the... Read more

Pope Francis greets participants in a conference on the Italian diaspora in Europe at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Nov. 11, 2021.

Pope Francis: Failure to integrate migrants can create serious problems

Nov 11, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope referred to a 2016 terror attack in Belgium. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish Catholic bishops’ conference.

Poland’s Catholic Church to hold collection for migrants at Belarus border

Nov 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

Thousands are caught up in a growing crisis at the roughly 250-mile frontier. Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Oct. 24, 2021.

Pope Francis appeals that migrants not be sent back to unsafe countries

Oct 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called on the international community to stop deporting migrants to unsafe countries. Read more

Haitian Cardinal Chibly Langlois speaks during a Caritas Internationalis webinar, Sept. 21, 2021.

Catholic cardinal says Haiti's 'catastrophic situation' led Haitians to U.S. border

Sep 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Catholic cardinal, who was injured in Haiti’s recent earthquake, is also a leader in the recovery efforts for the... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Viktor Orbán take part in a discussion at the Bled Strategic Forum, Slovenia, Sept. 1, 2021.

Cardinal Parolin and Viktor Orban talk migration ahead of papal trip to Hungary

Sep 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis is due to meet with Hungary’s prime minister on Sept. 12. Read more

Facing COVID criticism, Catholic Charities defends its ministry to migrants

Aug 12, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic Charities on Thursday defended its ministry to migrants, amid criticism that one of its member agencies is acting recklessly... Read more

Aug. 17, 2017 - A volunteer at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas helps a Central American refugee family

US parishes must better serve hidden migrant communities, bishops hear

Jun 18, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Many parishes in the United States are unaware of the immigrant, refugee, and itinerant communities within their boundaries, the chair... Read more

Long Beach Convention Center, one of the shelters for unaccompanied migrant children

Los Angeles clergy celebrate Mass for unaccompanied migrant children

May 26, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have been celebrating Masses this month for hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children... Read more

Survivors and family members of African migrants who perished in a 2013 shipwreck near Lampedusa in the Mediterranean sea leave an audience with the Pope, Oct. 1, 2014.

Catholic charity: Migrant arrivals by sea tripled in Italy in 2020

Apr 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

More than 34,000 migrants arrived by sea in 2020, up from 11,000 the previous year Read more

A detail from Timothy P. Schmalz’s sculpture, ‘Angels Unawares.’

Vatican diplomat: Lockdowns revealed ‘glaring contradiction’ in attitudes towards migrants

Nov 26, 2020

Coronavirus lockdowns revealed a “glaring contradiction” in attitudes towards migrants, a Vatican diplomat said Thursday.  Read more

A soup kitchen for refugees in Athens.

Vatican to turn building offered by nuns into shelter for refugees

Oct 13, 2020

The Vatican said Monday that it would use a building offered to it by a religious order to house refugees.  Read more

Sister Norma Pimentel with volunteers and staff.

Catholic religious sister and migrant advocate named one of 2020's 'Most Influential People'

Sep 24, 2020

Sister Norma Pimentel, a member of the Missionaries of Jesus and executive director of Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley, this... 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

Department of Homeland Security Seal.

'Expedited' investigation ordered over alleged ICE detainee hysterectomies

Sep 17, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The acting director of U.S. immigration services has ordered an expedited investigation into allegations that hysterectomies were performed on immigrant women in federal... Read more

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the project Snapshots From The Borders at the Vatican Sept. 10, 2020.

Pope Francis: borders should be ‘windows,’ not barriers of division

Sep 10, 2020

Pope Francis appealed Thursday for a fundamental change in the way the world sees migration.   Read more

Farm workers.

Protect vital migrant and farm workers during coronavirus, bishops say

Apr 28, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The bishops of the United States have called for increased protections and support for farm workers during the ongoing COVID-19... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on March 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: Do not forget the poor during the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The suffering of the poor cannot be ignored during the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said Thursday in his televised morning... Read more