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

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

Sep 10, 2020

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

Jul 16, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Jul 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Jun 28, 2020

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

Apr 18, 2020

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

Feb 21, 2020

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

Jan 7, 2020

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

Dec 5, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Nov 4, 2019

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

Oct 26, 2019

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

Sep 29, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Sep 27, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

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

Spanish bishops on migrants: 'We don't love God if we don't love our brothers'

Sep 19, 2019

The head of the migration commission for the Spanish Bishops’ Conference emphasized that love of neighbor is essential for Christians,... Read more

Corridori Umanitari event at the Fiumicinio Airport in Rome, Italy, where 70 refugees were welcomed on Oct. 24, 2016.

Priest: We need to address roots of the global migration crisis

Aug 21, 2019

With migrant and refugee numbers at a crisis level in Europe and other parts of the world, the international community... Read more

Syrian refugee.

Bipartisan senators urge Trump administration to keep refugee program

Aug 5, 2019

By Matt Hadro

A bipartisan group of 18 senators is urging the Trump administration not to shut down refugee admissions, but rather to... Read more

A Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Cardinals visit Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

Jul 31, 2019

Two cardinals from the Philippines and Burma visited a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh this week, meeting with refugee families... Read more

Asylum seekers in Ciudad Juarez.

El Paso bishop launches fundraiser for asylum seekers stuck in Mexico

Jul 30, 2019

A Catholic diocese has teamed up with a local immigration aid group to help refugees on the western Texas-Mexico border.  Read more

Phally Budock. Courtesy photo.

How one Cambodian refugee found Catholicism through her mother

Jul 30, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Phally Budock owes a lot to her mother.  Read more

Refugees flee the Syrian Civil War in 2015.

Bishops mark World Refugee Day amid 'biggest migratory crisis since WWII'

Jun 20, 2019

Today, on World Refugee Day, the world marks the highest number of forcibly displaced people in nearly 70 years. In... Read more

Refugees in a camp on the Kenya-Ethiopia border.

CRS steps up as millions in Ethiopia displaced by flooding, ethnic violence

Feb 4, 2019

With millions of Ethiopians forced out of their homes, Catholic Relief Services is working with the local Catholic Church to... Read more