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

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

Sep 23, 2014

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

Aug 29, 2014

By Hillary Mast

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

Aug 27, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Aug 8, 2014

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

Jul 23, 2014

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

Jun 19, 2014

By Matt Hadro

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

Jun 18, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Jun 16, 2014

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

Jan 29, 2014

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

Jan 7, 2014

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

Sep 24, 2013

By Elise Harris

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

Sep 12, 2013

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

Syrians streaming into Kurdistan, Iraq on August 15, 2013.

Syrian refugees find support from Catholic Relief Services

Sep 10, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Unable to enter refugee camps run by the United Nations, many Syrians fleeing from violence in their home country have... Read more

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Pope Francis visits refugees at Jesuit center in Rome

Sep 10, 2013

Just two months after paying a visit to immigrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa, Pope Francis visited a group... Read more

Fr Anucha Chaowpraeknoi celebrates Mass with COER volunteers in Thailand.

Catholic volunteers in Thailand aid refugees from Burma

Sep 5, 2013

Responding to a humanitarian crisis pushing tens of thousands of a minority ethnic group in Burma from their homes, Caritas... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Homily during a Mass for Priests, Religious, and Seminarians at WYD on July 26, 2013.

Pope Francis to meet with refugees in Rome next month

Aug 23, 2013

In a few weeks, Pope Francis will make a short trip outside the walls of the Vatican City to the... Read more

Syrians streaming into Kurdistan, Iraq on August 15, 2013.

Twenty-thousand Syrian Kurds forced to take refuge in Iraq

Aug 21, 2013

Following recent clashes in Syria between al-Qaeda linked opposition groups and Kurdish forces, 20,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Iraqi... Read more

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Pope to visit Rome center for undocumented refugees

Apr 9, 2013

A priest in Rome says Pope Francis personally called him to say he will visit the Astalli Center, a local... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah appears in a April 2012 interview with CNA. File photo.

Vatican officials arrive in Jordan as refugee crisis continues

Feb 19, 2013

Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, is visiting Jordan to take stock of the serious refugee... Read more

A shell lays in the middle of the street in Homs, Syria, a remnant of the June 11, 2012 heavy attack leveled on the city.

Bishops' delegation says international support critical for Syrian refugees

Nov 2, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A delegation from the U.S. bishops’ conference that recently visited the Middle East believes that the Syrian refugee crisis is... Read more