Refugee Crisis

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Sr. Victoria Kovalchuk with a refugee girl in Athens, Greece in April 2021.

'What I can do is love': This Catholic sister is a missionary to refugees in Greece

Apr 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

"I tell them: I came here to be with you in your situation. When you cry, I will be with... Read more

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As Biden increases refugee cap, CRS applauds

Feb 5, 2021

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is among the groups praising President Joe Biden’s announcement that the U.S. will accept more refugees... Read more

Sydney, Australia.

PNG bishops call for asylum seekers to be admitted to Australia

Nov 6, 2018

Police in Papua New Guinea are moving sick refugees and migrants out of the capital city in preparation for a... Read more

Pope Francis during his June 7, 2017, Wendesday general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope taps inner Tom Petty on forced migration, a 'sign of the times'

Nov 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

Echoing strains of the 1979 hit “Refugee” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pope Francis on Saturday told representatives from... Read more

Pope Francis on the papal flight from Rome, Italy to Quito, Ecuador on July 5, 2015.

Pope Francis: Stop using the word 'illegal' as a synonym for 'immigrant'

Apr 7, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Friday that when it comes to solving the immigration crisis, the media need to stop perpetuating negative... Read more

Despite terror, Aleppo's Christians have hope, desire to rebuild

Feb 2, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Despite the destruction caused by nearly six years of conflict between rebels and pro-government forces, the people in Aleppo, especially... Read more

Australia's proposed refugee ban is 'deliberately cruel'

Nov 9, 2016

The Australian government's proposed permanent ban on visas for refugees and asylum seekers who have recently arrived by boat drew... Read more

Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana governor Mike Pence.

Federal court blocks Pence's ban on Syrian refugees in Indiana

Oct 6, 2016

Indiana Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence’s bid to keep Syrian refugees out of his state was blocked... Read more

A CRS tent aiding refugees and migrants in Europe.

Do something about forced migration, cardinal exhorts UN

Sep 20, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican Secretary of State pleaded Monday for an increased commitment from the international community in addressing the root causes... Read more


Baptism at sea – refugee child born during boat rescue

Jul 20, 2016

In the midst of her stressful overseas voyage to Europe, Vivian, a very pregnant Nigerian woman who departed from the... Read more

A Sryian refugee family prepares to board the papal plane from Lesbos to Rome with Pope Francis April 16, 2016.

Vatican lends hand in welcoming new group of Syrian refugees to Rome

Jun 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

Since 2015, when the refugee crisis reached a fever pitch in Europe, five Syrian families fleeing civil war have found... Read more

Pope Francis holds the life-jacket of the drowned refugee girl during his remarks to youth at the Vatican, May 28, 2016.

Death of refugee girl frames Pope's heartbreaking talk with youth

May 28, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The story of a young migrant girl who drowned at sea was at the heart of Pope Francis' address to... Read more

Why Iraq wasn't what I thought

May 1, 2016

By Elise Harris

Loai Behnam Toubia pulls up his shirt, uncovering a thick, dark scar – probably 10 inches long – that tears vertically... Read more

Pope Francis visits refugees at Mòria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos April 16, 2016.

Please forgive our indifference: Pope Francis' heartfelt plea to refugees

Apr 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has offered his praise to the Jesuits in Italy for their longstanding work with refugees, but asked the... Read more

A Syrian refugee family prepares to board the papal plane from Lesbos to Rome with Pope Francis April 16, 2016.

As he leaves Greece, Pope Francis takes 12 refugees with him

Apr 16, 2016

By Elise Harris

After traveling to the Greek island of Lesbos, a primary entry point for refugees seeking passage into Europe, Pope Francis... Read more

Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono.

Bono goes to Washington, gets tough on refugee crisis

Apr 14, 2016

By Matt Hadro

With global conflicts spurring refugee crises around the globe, a widening shortfall in funds needs to be remedied immediately, said... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York visits a displacement center in Dawodiya, Iraq on April 10, 2016.

'Astounding' – Cardinal Dolan talks about his trip to Iraq

Apr 13, 2016

By Elise Harris

As he leaves Iraqi Kurdistan, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said what struck him most during the visit were the people’s faith... Read more

Students at the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena's prefab school in Ankawa, Erbil on April 7, 2016.

These Iraqi children have lost everything – except their faith

Apr 7, 2016

By Elise Harris

Six hundred Christian children whose families fled ISIS violence in 2014 have lost their homes, schools, sometimes friends, sanitary living... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square on June 15, 2015 before the Angelus.

Pope Francis: It's never too late for conversion

Feb 28, 2016

By Ann Schneible

God's patience towards sinners is without limit, yet the time for conversion is now, Pope Francis said during his Sunday... Read more

Cardinal Marx at the German Bishops' press conference at the Teutonic College on October 5, 2015.

After week of silence, German bishops respond to Cologne attacks

Jan 11, 2016

A week after hundreds were attacked in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising... Read more