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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

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