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Pope Francis visits the Mavrovouni refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Dec. 5, 2021

Pope Francis calls migrant crisis a ‘shipwreck of civilization’ during refugee camp visit

Dec 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis visited the Mavrovouni migrant reception and identification center located along the shore of the island of Lesbos, Read more

Grace and Daniel have been stuck in Cyprus' buffer zone for more than six months after they fled Cameroon.

These Christian migrants prayed for a better future. Now Pope Francis is making it possible

Dec 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

As a sign of Pope Francis’ concern for migrants, the Vatican has announced that it is helping to arrange the... Read more

Pope Francis takes part in an ecumenical prayer with migrants at the Parish Church of the Holy Cross in Nicosia, Cyprus, Dec. 3, 2021.

Pope Francis in Cyprus: We encounter Jesus in the faces of migrants

Dec 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Four migrants shared their testimonies with the pope. Read more

Pope Francis greets a migrant at a welcoming hub near Cesena, Italy on Oct. 1, 2017.

Report: Pope Francis could bring 50 migrants from Cyprus to Italy

Nov 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope will arrive in Cyprus on Dec. 2. Read more

Cardinal Nichols at Westminster Cathedral on April 18, 2019.

Cardinal calls for action after 27 migrants drown in English Channel

Nov 25, 2021

By CNA Staff

It is the deadliest crossing of the Channel on record. Read more

Fr. Marcin Iżycki, director of Caritas Poland, speaks during a press conference on the Belarus border crisis.

Caritas Poland leader: We’ll help those in need for as long as Belarus border crisis lasts

Nov 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Catholic Church in Belarus is also aiding migrants at the border. Read more

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Catholic Church in Belarus urges prayers for migrants

Nov 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Church's website said that ‘a real humanitarian crisis is unfolding on the borders of our country.’ Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Oct. 24, 2021.

Pope Francis appeals that migrants not be sent back to unsafe countries

Oct 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called on the international community to stop deporting migrants to unsafe countries. Read more

Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference.

Polish Catholic archbishop: Help migrants caught in Belarus border crisis

Oct 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

Poland has sent troops to secure its roughly 250-mile border with Belarus. Read more

Afghan refugees are being processed inside Hangar 5 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Sept. 8, 2021.

USCCB, Catholic Charities ramp up efforts to welcome Afghan refugees

Sep 23, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Over the next several months, the USCCB and Catholic Charities locations across the U.S. will welcome upwards of 7,500 refugees... Read more

President-elect Joe Biden addresses a virtual 40th anniversary celebration of Jesuit Refugee Services on Nov. 12, 2020.

As Biden looks to raise refugee cap, Catholics argue he can do more

Sep 21, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Catholic refugee advocates on Tuesday praised President Joe Biden for pushing to raise the refugee cap in the coming fiscal... Read more

A group of migrants trapped at the border between Poland and Belarus, near the Polish village of Usnarz Górny.

Poland’s Catholic bishops call for solidarity with refugees amid Belarus border standoff

Aug 25, 2021

By CNA Staff

The bishops described the situation at the Poland-Belarus border as “disturbing.” Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta July 8, 2020.

Pope Francis calls on Christians to recognize the face of Christ in migrants

Jul 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis offered Mass Wednesday asking the Virgin Mary to help Christians recognize the face of Christ in each migrant... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 16, 2019.

Pope Francis to celebrate Mass marking anniversary of Lampedusa visit

Jul 6, 2020

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass Wednesday marking the seventh anniversary of his visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa.  Read more

Pope Francis prays in St. Peter's Basilica on June 14, 2020.

Pope Francis appeals for peace in Libya after discovery of mass graves

Jun 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis expressed “great apprehension and sorrow” Sunday after eight mass graves were discovered in Libya amid the ongoing civil... Read more

Pope Francis waves from the popemobile in Bari, Italy Feb. 23, 2020.

Pope Francis on Middle East: War should never be considered normal

Feb 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

War is madness, Pope Francis told bishops gathered in the Italian city of Bari in a speech that warned against... Read more

Hiking trail along the US-Mexico border.

Trump administration finalizes refugee cap at lowest level ever

Nov 4, 2019

The White House on Sunday finalized its quota of refugee admissions for the 2020 fiscal year, cutting the cap on... Read more

A helper from Doctors Without Borders holds a Nigerian child as a migrant ship arrives at a Sicilian port May 14, 2018.

After deadly shipwreck, Pope Francis appeals for safety of migrants

Jul 28, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As up to 150 migrants are feared to have drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis greets migrants July 6, 2018 after Mass for the anniversary of his visit to Lampedusa.

Pope Francis: Migrants are people, not just a social issue

Jul 8, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis called Monday for an end to the rhetoric which views migrants as something ‘other,’ saying they are human... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for migrants killed in airstrike in Libya

Jul 7, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed Sunday for the victims of the airstrike that hit a migrant detention center in Libya, and called... Read more