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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

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