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The Flight Into Egypt, Vittore Carpaccio

Commentary: Tribalism in the Christmas Octave

Dec 28, 2017

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

Dec 8, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

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'

Nov 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Nov 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Nov 23, 2017

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

Nov 20, 2017

By Elise Harris

“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

Nov 10, 2017

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

Nov 3, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Oct 27, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

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

Oct 24, 2017

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

Oct 18, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

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

Oct 17, 2017

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

Pope Francis meets with Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri and his wife, Lara Bashir Al Azem, at the Vatican, Oct. 13, 2017.

Pope Francis, Lebanese prime minister discuss Middle East

Oct 13, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis and the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Rafic Hariri, discussed Friday the current situation in the Middle East... Read more

12-year-old twins stand near garbage outside a building in the old city of Homs, Syria.

Don't ignore children suffering war and separation, Holy See tells UN

Oct 11, 2017

Armed conflicts brings out “the most vicious forms of violence against children” and the world must act to aid the... Read more

Syrian refugee.

Trump administration drops refugee cap to 45,000

Sep 28, 2017

By Matt Hadro

The Trump administration announced on Wednesday it plans to resettle a maximum of 45,000 refugees in 2018, fewer than in... Read more

Pope Francis visits a refugee camp in Bangui, CAR on Nov. 29, 2015.

Pope Francis launches campaign to encounter and welcome migrants

Sep 27, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Wednesday announced a new initiative encouraging a “culture of encounter” and efforts to warmly welcome immigrants and... Read more

South Sudanese refugees queue to receive water at a refugee camp near Kosti, Sudan, June 2017.

Christian refugees reportedly forced to say Muslim prayers for food in Sudan

Sep 18, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Christian children in Sudanese refugee camps are reportedly being given food only after they recite Muslim prayers, a papal aid... Read more

Ohio Catholic parish hosts camp to empower refugee women

Jul 27, 2017

By Perry West

U.S. Together is partnering with a Toledo Catholic parish to create a summer camp for women and children refugees –... Read more

Don’t send Chaldeans back to persecution in Iraq, advocates plead

Jul 10, 2017

By Matt Hadro

After a federal judge again halted the deportation of over 1,000 Chaldeans from the U.S., advocates for the detainees insisted... Read more

Omar al-Muqdad. Courtesy of Omar al-Muqdad.

'I had to flee for my life' – The reality of being a Syrian refugee

Jun 20, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Omar al-Muqdad wanted to help the Iraqi refugees who were displaced from their homes in 2004. He volunteered to help... Read more