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Pope Francis eats lunch with 21 Syrian refugees in the Casa Santa Marta Aug. 11, 2016.

Pope Francis invites 21 Syrian refugees to lunch

On Thursday Pope Francis invited 21 Syrian refugees to join him for lunch at his residence in the Vatican’s Casa... Read more

Republican VP candidate Mike Pence at the RNC in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.

Pence slammed for proposed Christian, Jewish refugee ban

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was met with heated criticism after suggesting that a Trump administration may ban Christian... Read more

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, June 16, 2016.

He escaped Vietnam on a fishing boat, and now he's a bishop

In the 1970s, a teenager boarded a boat to escape the cruelty of war in his homeland of Vietnam. He... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square, June 22, 2016.

Pope delivers weekly catechesis alongside his 'brother' refugees

Joined closely by just over a dozen refugees at his weekly public audience, Pope Francis said that in following Jesus’... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015.

The world needs Christ more than ever, Pope Francis says

On Sunday Pope Francis said that with a growing sense of emptiness and insecurity gripping the world, Jesus Christ is... Read more

A Sryian refugee family prepares to board the papal plane from Lesbos to Rome with Pope Francis April 16, 2016.

Vatican lends hand in welcoming new group of Syrian refugees to Rome

Since 2015, when the refugee crisis reached a fever pitch in Europe, five Syrian families fleeing civil war have found... Read more

Refugee children in Erbil receive their First Communion May 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Deacon Roni Momica.

Iraqi refugee children make First Communion in Erbil camp

On Friday, the first of three rounds of displaced Iraqi children made their First Communion in a refugee camp in... Read more

Ukrainian refugee.

Vatican envoy: Ukrainian refugees just want to go back home

“I want to go back home.” This is the most common phrase uttered by internally displaced persons in Ukraine, says... Read more

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

French bishops travel to Iraq in support of Christian students

A delegation of bishops and priests from France are visiting Iraq April 17-21 to aid young Christian students living in... Read more

Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos look out at the sea from Lesbos Apri. 16.

Pray and act to help refugees – what Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders said at Lesbos

Forced migration affects millions of people and is “a crisis of humanity.” That is what Pope Francis and two leading... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on April 16, 2014.

Pope: 'I saw much suffering' at Lesbos refugee camp

Pope Francis on Sunday reflected on the great suffering he had witnessed at the refugee camp in Lesbos. He remembered... Read more

Pope Francis in an in-flight press conference Jan. 18, 2015.

Full Text of Pope Francis' in-flight interview from Lesbos to Rome

Pope Francis on Saturday spoke with journalists about his visit with refugees at Lesbos and about the family crisis.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos April 16, 2016.

In Greece, Pope Francis tells migrants 'you are not alone'

Pope Francis had a simple message for the thousands of refugees now staying on the Greek island of Lesbos: you... Read more


Shakespeare's Hamlet swings by the Vatican

They’ve performed for school children in Cambodia and refugees in Jordan. They’ve visited nearly 200 countries in the last two... Read more

Sabriya Yaqubi and her daughter Hasti at the Caritas Athens Refugee Centre in Athens, Greece.

Could Pope Francis' visit to Greece be a game-changer for refugees?

Pope Francis’ visit with refugees and migrants in Greece this Saturday could be a moment of leadership at a time... Read more

Pope Francis at the weekly general audience Apr 13, 2016.

Ahead of Greece trip, Pope Francis asks for prayers

With a last-minute trip to Lesbos just days away, Pope Francis remembered the refugees and residents of the Greek island... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a pilgrim during the General Audience at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Jan. 13, 2016.

Pope Francis sends vestments, financial aid to Iraqi Christians

As a sign of affection and closeness, Pope Francis has decided to send vestments used in the liturgy and a... Read more

Syrian Refugees.

Five years into the Syrian Civil War, a look at those who've fled

March 15 marks five years since civil war broke out in Syria. The conflict has had devastating consequences for the... Read more

Migrants in Greece. The arrival in Europe of more than 1 million migrants and refugees in 2015 sparked a wave of nationalism.

Europe's 'new nationalism' is problematic, Austrian cardinal warns

The Archbishop of Vienna has warned that as Europe’s migrant crisis reaches a fever pitch, the continent risks falling into... Read more

Child labor, sexual abuse, death - the plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The life of a refugee is rarely easy. But it is particularly difficult for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, most of... Read more