Refugees

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U.S. President Donald Trump signs two executive orders during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security.

US bishops: Trump's refugee order will only harm victims of war, terror

Jan 30, 2017

Catholic bishops and relief leaders were among the critics of President Donald Trump’s order to implement stricter vetting on refugees... Read more

Syrian refugee girl.

Trump wants to halt refugee intake – and Catholic leaders are worried

Jan 25, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Amid reports of an imminent executive order to halt most refugee resettlement in the U.S., one international Catholic charitable group... Read more

US bishops: Immigration is a chance for hospitality, unity

Jan 11, 2017

Catholics should be working to create a “culture of encounter” that shows charity and empathy to immigrants, said leaders of... Read more

Somali refugees.

For Somali refugees, Catholic agencies 'welcome the stranger'

Jan 10, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

A Somali couple with three children is seeking a new life in Minnesota thanks to a Catholic Charities’ resettlement program... Read more

A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

One Congressman's plea to the US: Don't abandon Iraq's Christians

Jan 6, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Christian survivors of the ISIS genocide have serious humanitarian needs, but their faith remains strong, one congressman said after his... Read more

Pre-trial detention center.

In the US, a request for asylum could essentially land you in prison

Dec 20, 2016

By Matt Hadro

With the number of displaced persons at its highest ever recorded – more than after World War II – troubling... Read more

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane during his Oct. 31-Nov. 1 trip to Sweden.

Full text: Pope Francis' in-flight presser from Sweden

Nov 1, 2016

During his flight from Sweden to Rome on Tuesday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the journalists assembled aboard... Read more

A young boy refugee in Erbil, Iraq.

A priest and his love for Syrian refugees

Sep 27, 2016

The needs of Father David Bedrossian’s parish are unique. While many priests grapple with budgetary concerns and a desire to... Read more

DC leaders discuss protection, justice for ISIS victims

Sep 23, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

With ISIS continuing to threaten vulnerable populations in Iraq and Syria, more action is needed to protect victims and offer... Read more

A CRS tent aiding refugees and migrants in Europe.

Do something about forced migration, cardinal exhorts UN

Sep 20, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican Secretary of State pleaded Monday for an increased commitment from the international community in addressing the root causes... Read more

Caritas Athens soup kitchen for refugees in Athens, Greece.

We need to do more for refugees, Catholic advocates say

Sep 17, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Catholic advocates are praising the U.S. for hosting an international refugee summit, but insist the administration can do more to... Read more

A young Syrian refugee at school in Ramtha, Jordan on Oct. 27, 2014.

The US has resettled 10,000 Syrian refugees in the last year

Aug 31, 2016

By Matt Hadro

As the Obama administration announced Monday that the U.S. had met its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal... Read more

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

Pope Francis invites 21 Syrian refugees to lunch

Aug 11, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 10, 2016

By Matt Hadro

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

Jun 28, 2016

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

Jun 22, 2016

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

Jun 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

Jun 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

May 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

May 3, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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