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Critics blast US crackdown on protected Vietnamese immigrants

Thousands of Vietnamese immigrants in the U.S. who were previously protected under an agreement largely for refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam... Read more

Manyang Reath Kher speaks March 28 at a refugee rally outside the White House.

US bishops: 'Extraordinarily low' refugee limits harm the innocent

The U.S. bishops have voiced concern over the abnormally low levels of refugees admitted to the U.S. under the Trump... Read more

Child in South Sudan.

In South Sudan, 'the body of Christ is bleeding,' bishop says

On Friday an ecumenical delegation from South Sudan met privately with Pope Francis and again invited him to visit the... Read more

Destruction in Azaz, Syria, near the Turkish border.

The past seven years: A reflection on the Syrian Civil War

Seven years ago, on March 15, 2011, the Syrian Civil War began. Since then, the conflict in Syria has forced... Read more

Pope Francis greets Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, president of the International Catholic Migration Commission, at the Vatican's Clementine Hall, March 8, 2018.

Pope Francis: Let Catholic social teaching guide migration policy

The Church is responsible for encouraging civil leaders to respond to migration on the basis of Catholic social teaching, the... Read more

Refugee mother and child.

Catholic groups welcome lifting of refugee ban from 'high-risk' countries

Catholic organizations applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Jan. 29 announcement that it is lifting the ban on refugees... Read more

Refugees in Nigeria's Maiduguri diocese, September 2014.

Nigerian bishops deplore dehumanizing trends of violence

Nigeria's bishops challenged government authorities Tuesday to resolve the country’s violent disputes, especially after recent attacks by Fulani herdsmen have... Read more

Bishop urges Trump admin to extend protections for El Salvador migrants

The Bishop of El Paso is urging the Trump administration to extend a temporary residency program for Salvadoran migrants for... Read more

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Commentary: Tribalism in the Christmas Octave

Pope Francis recently warned against the commercialization of Christmas, and reminded us that if our Christmas isn’t centered on Jesus,... Read more

Children displaced by conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The devastating but little-noticed DRC refugee crisis

Every day, thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are forced to flee their homes.  Read more

A tent camp in Haiti.

Vatican official calls Trump's Haiti move 'a sad decision'

One of the Vatican's top diplomatic voices has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's recent decision to end the Temporary Protected... Read more

Pope Francis greets a migrant at a welcoming hub near Cesena, Italy on Oct. 1, 2017.

Pope on migration: Peace isn't possible unless we go beyond polemics

When it comes to migration, Pope Francis said the world, particularly Christians, must approach the issue with a “contemplative gaze”... Read more

Cardinal DiNardo: This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for immigrants and refugees

In his Thanksgiving message, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he is grateful... Read more

Tima Kurdi. Courtesy of Tima Kurdi.

Two years later, aunt of drowned refugee child pleads for action

“We're still grieving” – these are the words of Tima Kurdi, the aunt of the young refugee boy who captured... Read more

Hondurans in US deserve protection and a permanent solution, bishops say

Extending Honduran migrants’ protected status is the “right thing to do” because of the dangerous situation in their country, the... Read more

Syrian refugee.

Catholic universities study how to respond to migrant, refugee crisis

This week, representatives from Catholic universities around the world are gathered in Rome to study how higher education can better... Read more

Greek Orthodox patriarch: Christians are not strangers in Middle East

Middle Eastern patriarchs reaffirmed the deep history of Christianity in the Middle East and called for its perseverance into the... Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Lebanon at Harissa, Lebanon.

Christians play vital role in Middle East – the view from Lebanon

The Church in Lebanon is working to aid the 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the great majority of whom... Read more

Central Americans fleeing violence can't return home yet, bishops warn

As a temporary immigration permit program for families fleeing violence in Honduras and El Salvador is set to expire, the... Read more

Chilean cardinal offers warm welcome to Syrian refugees

Last week in Santiago, government officials, representatives of the Catholic Church in Chile, and international organizations welcomed the first of... Read more