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Cardinal Tagle, president of Caritas International, visits Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, Dec. 3, 2018.

Researchers find 'evidence of genocide' against Rohingya

Dec 6, 2018

By Courtney Mares

As new evidence emerges of atrocities committed in Burma's Rakhine state, the president of Caritas International visited Monday a Rohingya... Read more

Immigrants rights activists.

‘We’re brothers and sisters in Christ’: For Encuentro Catholics, immigration is personal

Sep 22, 2018

By Mary Farrow

When Miriam Joyce of the Diocese of Raleigh talks about immigration, her face folds with concern.  Read more

Catholic Charities is collecting airline miles to reunite refugee families

Sep 20, 2018

Catholic Charities USA has announced a new initiative to help refugees and people seeking asylum to reunite with their family... Read more

Syrian refugee.

Historic low on US refugee cap lamented as 'deeply disturbing'

Sep 18, 2018

Catholic leaders have criticized an announcement that the United States will be reducing its refugee cap to historic lows, while... Read more

In Oregon, fewer refugees means changes for Catholic Charities

Sep 8, 2018

By Perry West

For some 70 years, Catholic Charities in Oregon has helped refugees settle into their new life – assisting with everything... Read more

Migrants on the the Italian Coast Guard vessel Diciotti wait to embark.

Italian bishops receive 100 Eritrean migrants stranded at port

Aug 28, 2018

The Italian bishops’ conference will accept the majority of African migrants who have spent 10 days stranded on a coast... Read more

Costa Rica Church opens reception centers for Nicaraguan refugees

Aug 2, 2018

The Diocese of Quesada in Costa Rica has set up two reception centers to serve the Nicaraguan refugees fleeing the... Read more

Syrian Refugees.

The Catholic Church's long history of resettling refugees in the US

Jun 21, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The Catholic Church has resettled nearly one-third of all refugees received by the United States since 1980 through a public-private... Read more

Central Americans walk from Mexico to the U.S. side of the border to ask authorities for asylum on April 29, 2018 in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico.

Immigration ruling 'closes the door' to victims of abuse, gang violence

Jun 12, 2018

A ruling by the U.S. attorney general that victims of domestic abuse and gang violence may no longer qualify for... Read more

A woman at Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq on March 28, 2015.

Global campaign urges greater involvement to help migrants, refugees

Jun 7, 2018

By Elise Harris

Organizers of the international “Share the Journey” campaign are urging Catholics to step up and interact with migrants and refugees... Read more

Refugee from Mosul.

Pro-refugee sentiment drops, especially low among white Evangelicals

May 27, 2018

Americans’ belief in a duty to accept refugees has dipped, according to a survey showing that white Evangelicals are among... Read more

The flag of Venezuela.

Vatican promotes 'Bridges of Solidarity' for Venezuelan emigrants

May 7, 2018

By Elise Harris

The ongoing crisis in Venezuela has produced a tremendous flow of emigration, with thousands fleeing the instability and hyperinflation under... Read more

Vietnamese flag.

Critics blast US crackdown on protected Vietnamese immigrants

Apr 18, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Mar 28, 2018

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

Mar 23, 2018

By Elise Harris

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

Mar 15, 2018

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

Mar 8, 2018

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

Jan 30, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Jan 18, 2018

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

Jan 3, 2018

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