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View of a pantheon built by the Red Cross to bury the bodies of irregular migrants at the Municipal Cemetery of El Real de Santa Maria, Darien Province, Panama, on March 8, 2023, on the eve of its delivery to Panamanian authorities. The Red Cross constructed the hundred niches pantheon to bury the bodies of irregular migrants who die during their journey through the inhospitable Darien jungle in search of the American dream.

‘Out of Christian charity,’ priests bury migrants who died in Darien jungle

Apr 5, 2024

By Eduardo Berdejo

The inhospitable Darién jungle has for years become an unavoidable route for hundreds of thousands of migrants who want to... Read more

Bishop Mario Eduardo Dorsonville, 1960-2024, officiating at the wedding of Steve and Courteney Simchak in 2019.

A legacy of love: Catholics reflect on Bishop Dorsonville’s impact on the Church

Feb 2, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

An immigrant, priest, and bishop, Mario Eduardo Dorsonville was known and beloved to people from the halls of Congress to... Read more

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Priest says migrants in northern Mexico are being kidnapped on a constant basis

Jan 5, 2024

By Diego López Colín

Mexican authorities reported Jan. 3 the rescue of 31 migrants who had been kidnapped the night of Dec. 30 on... Read more

A migrant carries a baby in the Darien Province in Panama on Sept. 22, 2023. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have entered Panama through this jungle so far this year.

Pope Francis urges humanitarian response to Darien migration tragedy

Dec 20, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

“We need the joint effort of the most directly affected countries and the international community to prevent this tragic reality,”... Read more

Pope Francis meets with 30-year-old Mbengue Nyimbilo Crepin, who shared his story during a meeting at the pope’s Vatican City residence Casa Santa Marta on Nov. 17, 2023.

Pope Francis has emotional meeting with African migrant who lost his wife and daughter

Nov 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Mbengue Nyimbilo Crepin shared his story during a meeting at the pope’s Vatican City residence Casa Santa Marta on Nov.... Read more

School children pay tribute to those killed in a Nov. 6, 2023, fire that left 14 migrants dead in a settlement in the Cerro Obligado neighborhood of the town of Coronel, Chile.

Chilean archbishop expresses pain, shame over fire that killed 14 migrants

Nov 10, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The tragedy occurred Nov. 6 in a house built with pallet wood and tin roofing in a camp where families... Read more

Migrants take a rest while taking part in a caravan toward the border with the United States in Tapachula, Chiapas State, Mexico, on Oct. 31, 2023.

Bishops urge Congress to take new measures to protect migrant children from human trafficking

Nov 10, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The U.S. bishops urged Congress to take 10 new measures focused on removing children from dangerous situations and placing them... Read more

San Juan Diego Migrant House in the state of Mexico.

St. Juan Diego migrant hostel: a refuge on the route through Mexico

Nov 2, 2023

By Diego López Colín

St. Juan Diego Migrant House in central Mexico has become a refuge for those undertaking dangerous journeys in search of... Read more

Pope Francis prayed for migrants and refugees with the delegates of the Synod on Synodality at St. Peter's Square on Thursday evening, Oct. 19, 2023.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis leads prayer for migrants during Synod on Synodality

Oct 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The simple, 25-minute prayer service took place in a quiet St. Peter’s Square in front of Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz’s... Read more

A migrant boat on the beach at Camposoto San Fernando Cádiz, Spain.

Cardinal denounces enslavement, violence against African migrants en route to Europe

Oct 12, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero said: “We are talking about robberies, violence, rape, and being sold as slaves.” Read more

Polish dancers at the reception following this year's World Day for Migrants and Refugees Mass at St. Paul’s Parish in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, on Sept. 23, 2023.

Migrants and refugees Mass in Canada celebrates universality, vibrancy of the Church

A Mass celebrating the annual World Day for Migrants and Refugees was held Sept. 23 in Richmond, British Columbia, showing... Read more

Migrants outside a foster home in Mexico City.

Archdiocese of Mexico warns migrant reception centers are overwhelmed

Oct 6, 2023

By Diego López Colín

According to the Ministry of the Interior of Mexico, between January and August it had encountered 402,324 undocumented migrants in... Read more

This aerial picture taken on Sept. 14, 2023, shows the U.S.-Mexico border fence with camp shelters left by migrants in San Ysidro, California.

Biden administration to build miles of new border wall in Texas

Oct 5, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The Biden administration had to waive 26 federal laws to resume the construction of the new wall. Read more

Immigrants seeking asylum in the United States wait as they are processed by U.S. Border Patrol agents in the early morning hours after crossing into Arizona from Mexico on May 10, 2023 in Yuma, Arizona.

Map shows the Catholic Church’s migrant shelters in Mexico

Sep 5, 2023

By Diego López Colín

The map was developed in order for migrants to have a more efficient way to find the centers and shelters... Read more

Bishops of Central America, North America, and the Caribbean met in El Salvador Aug. 21-25, 2023, to analyze various migratory scenarios at an international meeting.

In front of the tomb of St. Óscar Romero, bishops pledge to care for migrants

Aug 31, 2023

By Diego López Colín

Meeting in El Salvador Aug. 21-25, representatives of bishops’ conferences analyzed the various migratory scenarios at an international meeting. Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Bari, Italy on Feb. 23, 2020.

Vatican announces Pope Francis’ Marseille visit schedule

Jul 29, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

In September, the pope will travel to France to meet with young people and bishops from around the world at... Read more

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California federal judge blocks Biden’s ‘asylum ban’

Jul 27, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Referred to by some as a “transit ban,” the policy, which took effect May 11, automatically denied asylum to migrants... Read more

Immigrants seeking asylum in the United States wait as they are processed by U.S. Border Patrol agents in the early morning hours after crossing into Arizona from Mexico on May 10, 2023 in Yuma, Arizona.

U.S. bishops praise new immigrant family reunification program

Jul 11, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The new program allows certain migrants with family in the U.S. to pursue a path to legal residency. Read more

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On World Refugee Day, Pope Francis urges action; companies pledge to hire refugees

Jun 20, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The pope called for greater hospitality “without excuses and without delay, because the effects will be felt, sooner or later,... Read more

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, California.

Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis confirms sending migrants to Catholic Charities in California

Jun 8, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Amid criticism and calls for investigation into “kidnapping,” the Florida Division of Emergency Management said the migrants’ travels were “voluntary.” Read more