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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

Pope Francis greets migrants at a welcome center near Cesena, Italy, Oct. 1, 2017.

Migrants are a foil to growing 'globalization of indifference,' pope says

May 27, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a society of growing individualism and indifference, the presence of migrants and refugees prompts a realization of the need... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Jan. 31, 2018.

Pope Francis calls human trafficking 'a crime against humanity'

Apr 11, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Thursday that human trafficking is, “without doubt,” a crime against humanity for its violation of human dignity... Read more

Pope Francis receives a gift aboard the papal plane to Panama Jan. 23, 2019.

'Get ready!' Pope leaves for Panama, confirms visit to Japan

Jan 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis will visit Japan in November of this year. The pope confirmed the timing of the upcoming trip during... Read more

Man bound hand and foot, vicitim of human trafficking.

Vatican releases online guide to combat $150 billion human trafficking industry

Jan 17, 2019

By Courtney Mares

With a new online guide, the Vatican seeks to combat the “ugly business” of human trafficking, which is estimated to... Read more

Pope Francis says a special Mass for migrants in St. Peter's Basilica July 6, 2018.

Pope Francis denounces silence in the face of injustice toward migrants

Jul 6, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called on Catholics to speak out in the face of injustice towards migrants at a Mass commemorating the... Read more

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

Don’t let fear keep you from welcoming the stranger, Pope says

Jan 14, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

At a special Mass Sunday for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis said that while it is... Read more