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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

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

Sr. Victoria Kovalchuk with a refugee girl in Athens, Greece in April 2021.

'What I can do is love': This Catholic sister is a missionary to refugees in Greece

"I tell them: I came here to be with you in your situation. When you cry, I will be with... Read more

Pope Francis met with Abdullah Kurdi in Erbil, Iraq on March 7, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in Iraq meets with father whose children died as refugees in shipwreck

Pope Francis met Sunday with a father who lost his wife and two children in a shipwreck as Syrian war... Read more

Pope Francis boards the papal plane to Iraq on March 5, 2021. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis meets with Iraqi refugees before flight to Baghdad

Pope Francis met with Iraqi refugees in Rome early Friday before his flight to Baghdad.  Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience Nov. 11, 2020.

Pope Francis asks for prayer for Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region

Pope Francis has asked people to pray for Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where the United Nations has said that “a full-scale humanitarian... Read more

Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

New project brings psychological care to Rohingya refugee children

A new initiative for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is offering counseling and psychological care for children and adolescents in refugee... Read more

A detail from Timothy P. Schmalz's sculpture ‘Angels Unawares’ in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis: Care for refugees fleeing ‘viruses of injustice, violence and war’

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to care for people fleeing “the viruses of injustice, violence and war,” in a message... Read more

A soup kitchen for refugees in Athens.

Vatican to turn building offered by nuns into shelter for refugees

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

The outskirts of the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Cardinal: Europe should be ‘ashamed’ after refugee camp fire

A cardinal said Wednesday that Europe should be “ashamed” after a fire devastated the continent’s largest refugee camp, leaving 13,000... Read more

Refugees are welcomed to Rome by Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio.

Catholic community welcomes its first refugees to Rome after lockdown

A Catholic community welcomed Thursday the first refugees to arrive in Rome via a humanitarian corridor through the island of... Read more

United Nations Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the UNHRC.

Vatican diplomat tells UN ‘gender identity’ category not necessary for refugee protection

A Holy See diplomat raised concern at the United Nations in Geneva this week over the use of the term... Read more

Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

In crowded Rohingya refugee camps, social distancing presents challenges

While hand washing and social distancing have been implemented around the globe as tools to fight the spread of the... Read more

Refugee camp in Urfa, Turkey.

Catholic Relief Services: Don’t forget migrants, refugees amid pandemic

Catholic Relief Services has called for additional protections for migrants, refugees and homeless populations as the coronavirus pandemic continues.  Read more

Samer Hanna. Courtesy: Philos Project.

Syria’s Hidden Victims - Samer Hanna

Marginalized for centuries, persecuted by ISIS, afraid to attract any attention from the West, Syrian Christians remain, by most accounts,... Read more

Minnesota’s Catholic, Lutheran bishops call for welcoming of refugees

Reflecting on the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt, the Catholic and Lutheran bishops of Minnesota issued an open... 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

Priest assisting in identification of Essex lorry deaths

After 39 people were found dead in a semi trailer in eastern England last month, a Catholic priest has joined... Read more

Police officers drive away a lorry in which was discovered 39 dead bodies, at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, Oct. 23, 2019.

Catholics call for prayer, legal migration routes after Essex lorry deaths

In the wake of the discovery of the bodies of eight women and 31 men inside a semi trailer in... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sept. 29, 2019.

At Mass for Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis says world is increasingly elitist

Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees Sunday with a message that the world is... Read more

Refugees with children. Stock photo/Shutterstock

Bishops and Catholic Charities condemn new federal refugee limits

Catholic leaders and organizations have condemned an announcement by the Trump administration that it intends to cap the number of refugees admitted to... Read more