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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest migrant tragedy prompts call to address root problem

After hundreds more migrants perished last weekend in the deadly Mediterranean passage to Europe, one Catholic expert insisted that the... Read more

US Capitol.

What Catholics like and dislike in the new spending bill

A massive spending package to be voted on by Congress has drawn applause for continuing foreign aid spending, but also... Read more

Mexican bishops: The cry of migrants is the cry of the Church

In the context of their 103rd Full Assembly, the Mexican Bishops Conference released a statement on the suffering on migrants,... Read more

Supreme Court won't hear case of Central American asylum seekers

A group of women and children from Central America who have been prioritized for deportation lost a legal battle Monday,... Read more

Syrian refugee.

Don't lose your humanity in refugee debate, US bishops say

The intense debate over U.S. refugee and migrant policy is a chance to meet newcomers and understand others' concerns, the... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Vatican Press Office, March 25, 2014.

Chaput: Everyone who's a legal citizen should come pray for immigrants

As fears of deportation threaten to keep many immigrants home from a prayer service on Sunday, Archbishop Charles Chaput of... Read more

Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH, July 18-21, 2016.

Federal judges in Hawaii, Maryland block Trump's new travel ban

Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have blocked President Donald Trump’s temporary refugee and travel ban from going into effect.  Read more

Among horror stories from Syria, a woman's unborn baby was cut in half

As the Syrian Civil War begins its seventh year, Syrian doctors told members of Congress of the “unspeakable horrors” they... Read more

A Syrian refugee child at a camp in Serbia, October 2015.

Don't shut US doors to refugees, bishops plead

With people fleeing humanitarian crises around the world, President Donald Trump’s new executive order halting refugee admissions is wrong, Catholic... Read more

How Catholic hospitals can help heal Syria – literally

There are about three million people without heath care in war-torn Syria, and the papal envoy to the country has... Read more

Pope Francis hosts a lunch with Syrian refugees at his residence in Vatican City, Aug. 11, 2016.

Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion

Nur Essa, a Muslim Syrian woman whose family was brought to Rome from Lesbos by Pope Francis last April, said... Read more

Fr. Alberto Gaton. Photo courtesy of Fr. Alberto Gaton.

Meet the priest who has helped rescue thousands on the Mediterranean Sea

Father Alberto Gaton is the chaplain of a Spanish ship that combats human trafficking by rescuing people in the Mediterranean... Read more