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Father Caleb Laldawngsanga leads refugees from violence-torn Manipur in the praying of a rosary.

Refugees of ethnic clash in India find open arms in majority-Christian state

Dec 6, 2023

By Anto Akkara

“We are grateful to God [that] we are safe here,” said Mercy Tungdian, who now lives with her three small... Read more

Waiters bring lunch to Pope Francis and those seated at his table on the World Day of the Poor on Nov. 19, 2023. The lunch was offered by Hilton Hotels and organized by the Vatican's charity office and the Sant'Egidio community.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis shares Vatican lunch with poor

Nov 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis had lunch with about 1,200 poor, refugees, and homeless from around Rome on Sunday to mark the Church’s... 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

Palestinian children rest in a refugee tent along the Gaza Strip on Oct. 20, 2023, in Khan Yunis, Gaza.

Church aid group warns of ‘devastation’ amid efforts to reach Christians in Hamas war

Oct 20, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Aid to the Church in Need is working in the Holy Land, including the West Bank, to offer assistance in... Read more

Mass at the Church of the Holy Family for the Latins, Gaza.

‘We lack food and medicine’: Catholics in Gaza take refuge in only parish church

Oct 18, 2023

By Suhail Lawand

Holy Family Church is the only Roman Catholic parish in the Gaza Strip and is located in the northern part... 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

Refugees load a truck in Goris on Sept. 26, 2023, before leaving to Yerevan. A continuous stream of vehicles crept along the only road out of Nagorno-Karabakh toward Armenia, carrying tens of thousands of refugees now faced with an uncertain future.

Nearly all ethnic Armenians have fled Nagorno-Karabakh 

Oct 3, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

According to the Armenian government, 100,617 Nagorno-Karabakh refugees — out of a population of 120,000 – have been “forcibly displaced.” 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

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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

Pope Francis appeared in the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Sunday, June 18 to make his first public speech since his release from the hospital.

Pope Francis makes first public speech since hospitalization for abdominal surgery

Jun 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The 86-year-old pope smiled and waved from the window of the Apostolic Palace as he gave thanks for prayers and... Read more

Migrants in Greece.

Pope Francis urges freedom in message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 

May 11, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis has expressed the importance of a migrant’s freedom to make the “decision to leave one’s native land.” Read more

Pope Francis meets with refugees from Congo and South Sudan before his flight to Africa on Jan. 31, 2023.

Pope Francis meets with refugees from Congo and South Sudan before flight to Africa

Jan 31, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Among the refugees who met with the pope was Bidong, who spent much of his childhood in a refugee camp... Read more

Ukrainian refugees at the house of the Capuchin friars in Slovakia with Brother Martin Azzopardi (second from the right).

Ukrainian refugees say they 'found new family' with friars in Slovakia

Sep 1, 2022

By Charlotte Evans

Ukrainian refugees in Slovakia have spoken about their sorrow at the ongoing conflict in their country and voiced gratitude for... Read more

Poland’s bishops celebrate Mass in Zakopane on June 7, 2002.

Poland’s Catholic bishops: Many Ukrainians ‘will not be able to survive’ without help

Jun 8, 2022

By Justyna Galant

More than three million people have fled from Ukraine to Poland since Feb. 24. Read more

Bishop Krzysztof Zadarko, chairman of the Polish bishops’ council for migration, tourism, and pilgrimages.

Catholic bishop questions lack of EU support as Poland aids millions of Ukrainian refugees

May 16, 2022

By Justyna Galant

More than three million people have fled from Ukraine to Poland since Feb. 24. Read more

Pope Francis visits a reception center for asylum seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto, Italy, on March 24, 2016.

Pope Francis: Migrants and refugees have ‘enormous potential’ to help society

May 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope made the comment in his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2022. Read more

The opening night of an exhibition of art by Ukrainian refugee children at St. James' Cathedral in Riga, Latvia, May 8, 2022.

Exhibit of Ukrainian child refugees' art opens at cathedral in Latvia

May 10, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

An exhibition of artwork made by Ukrainian refugee children was opened Sunday at the complex of St. James' Cathedral in... Read more

Joe Donnelly, the new US ambassador to the Holy See, meets with Ukrainian refugees in Rome, Italy, on April 21, 2022.

US ambassador to the Holy See meets Ukrainian refugee born in bomb shelter

May 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Joe Donnelly met with a Ukrainian mother who had given birth to her baby in a shelter under a hospital. Read more

Pope Francis meets Ukraine war refugees at his Vatican residence, April 2, 2022.

Pope Francis greets Ukraine war refugees before first papal flight of 2022

Apr 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The group of 15 refugees consisted of mothers and children. Read more

Archbishop Zbigņev Stankevičs of Riga visits Ukrainian refugees at the Registration Center for Ukrainians in Riga, Latvia, March 25, 2022.

Riga archbishop visits Ukrainian child refugees

Mar 25, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

Archbishop Zbigņev Stankevičs visited with Ukrainian refugee children in Latvia on Friday, welcoming them to the country as an exhibit... Read more