Refugees

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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

May 11, 2017

By Matt Hadro

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

May 2, 2017

By Matt Hadro

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

May 1, 2017

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

Apr 18, 2017

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

Mar 22, 2017

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

Mar 18, 2017

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

Mar 16, 2017

By Matt Hadro

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

Mar 15, 2017

By Matt Hadro

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

Mar 6, 2017

By Matt Hadro

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

Feb 20, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Feb 17, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Feb 16, 2017

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

Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Courtesy of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Christian groups divided over 'safe zones' for Syrian refugees

Feb 11, 2017

By Matt Hadro

After President Donald Trump pushed for the creation of safe zones for refugees in the Middle East, advocates and humanitarian... Read more

Refugee children from Afghanistan.

Bishops reaffirm support for refugees as judges scrutinize Trump policy

Feb 10, 2017

The U.S. bishops welcomed a federal appeals court ruling that affirmed a legal injunction against a Trump administration executive order... Read more

Dva, a Syrian Refugee.

Vatican official: The bishops 'are speaking clearly' on refugees

Feb 6, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s recent policy on refugees, U.S. Catholics should stay close to their bishops, who... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square June 17, 2015.

Pope: Be more than a mannequin when it comes to helping refugees

Feb 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

In his newest prayer video Pope Francis focused on the poor and refugees, saying we shouldn’t be like immobile mannequin’s... Read more

Syrian refugee.

Who is our neighbor? Faith leaders say it's refugees

Feb 3, 2017

By Matt Hadro

As leaders of many faiths gathered for prayer in Washington, D.C. this week, they pledged solidarity with refugees looking to... Read more

Syrian children at a refugee camp.

Catholic leaders: Refugee ban actually harms national security

Feb 2, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Rather than protecting U.S. interests, recent executive orders restricting immigrants and refugees could actually pose a threat to national security,... Read more

Donald Trump.

Trump defends refugee policy as part of protecting religious freedom

Feb 2, 2017

By Matt Hadro

President Donald Trump on Thursday insisted that protecting religious freedom is a U.S. priority, while defending his recent halt of... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Tobin speaks to CNA on Jan. 31, 2017.

Cardinal Tobin praises Trump admin on pro-life stance, criticizes on immigration

Jan 31, 2017

By Elise Harris

In the first days of U.S. president Donald Trump’s administration, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark said he has seen encouragement... Read more