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

Catastrophe ahead? UN halts Syrian refugee food program

With winter approaching, Congress must act to help Syrian refugees whose basic needs are threatened by the U.N. suspension of... Read more

Young refugees in Istanbul wait for Pope Francis to visit on Nov. 30 2014.

God never forgets his children, Pope Francis tells young refugees

“Dear young people, do not be discouraged.” Pope Francis made this appeal during an encounter with young refugees in Istanbul,... Read more

Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency.

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence,... Read more

Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.

Food, blankets and hope – nuns risk lives to serve Syrian refugees

Near the Lebanon-Syria border, two religious sisters are among the staff members at a refugee service center working to give... Read more

A refugee mother with her child, who is having stomach problems and other issues because of the heat.

Displaced Christians in Kurdistan – 'Their tears have run dry'

Christians who were forced from their homes in northern Iraq by the Islamic State this summer are a people whose... Read more

 A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil.

Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees

Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages... Read more

Fr. Ghazwan Yousif Baho speaks with CNA in Rome on Oct. 4, 2014.

Priest returning to Iraq: ISIS threatens the whole world

An Iraqi priest who has chosen to return to his city, which lies just six miles from ISIS-controlled territory, said... Read more

Displaced persons in the Central African Republic received aid from CRS in May 2014.

Violence subsides in Central African capital, but what next?

Violence has subsided in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui after a week of conflict, but the lack of... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square  June 7, 2014.

Jesus is 'waiting to be recognized in migrants,' Pope stresses

All Christians must recognize Jesus Christ in migrants and refugees, and welcome them with “respect and solidarity” while avoiding “suspicion... Read more

Christian refugees take refuge in Erbil, Iraq on August 9, 2014.

Iraqi refugees working to help each other survive

Christians and other religious minorities who have fled areas in Iraq that have fallen under Islamic State control are now... Read more

Refugees who have fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa, in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

Papal envoy: we must see humanity of each Iraqi refugee

The international community must view suffering Iraqi refugees not as a collective group, but as individual persons, each with his... Read more

Bishops hold Mass and procession on US border in support of immigration reform.

Refugees fleeing violence deserve care, bishops emphasize

Catholic bishops are highlighting the need to care for refugees fleeing violent situations in their homelands as the ongoing influx... Read more

Church response to refugees is part of pro-life call, bishop says

Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a... Read more

Children among the crowd who turned out for a town hall meeting in Los Angeles at which Archbishop Jose Gomez spoke on immigration, Jan. 14, 2014. Courtesy of Victor Aleman/vida-nueva.com.

Child migrants may be refugees seeking asylum, experts say

Two migration experts have said that many unaccompanied child immigrants to the U.S. from Mexico and Central America could qualify... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the General Audience held April 16, 2014.

The Church is a family formed by God, Pope says

Pope Francis stressed the familial nature of the Church at his Wednesday General Audience, emphasizing God’s desire to form a... Read more

Displaced persons in the Central African Republic received aid from CRS in May 2014.

Catholic archbishop aids Muslim refugees in Central African Republic

A Catholic archbishop in the violence-ridden Central African Republic recently reached out to a group of 600 Muslim refugees, saying... Read more

Thousands of Syrians streamed across a bridge over the Tigris River, entering Iraq on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Syrian patriarch: aid needed to calm Christian flight

Syria’s leading Catholic bishop has said that humanitarian aid should be increased in and near Syria to help contain Christians’... Read more

Thousands of Syrians streamed across a bridge over the Tigris River, entering Iraq on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Lebanese bishop appeals for Christian Syrian refugees

Christian refugees from Syria living in Lebanon need the support of their Western counterparts, according to an Eastern Catholic bishop... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013.

Prejudice towards migrants and refugees must end, Pope stresses

In honor of the upcoming World Migration Day, Pope Francis said that the improvement of society demands the end of... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Pope Francis urges faithful to help meet refugees' needs

Pope Francis called for solidarity with refugees during his Tuesday visit to a Jesuit refugee center in Rome, reminding Christians... Read more