Refugee Crisis

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Pope Francis speaks to the Diplomatic Corps Ac

Pope to diplomats: Migrants present challenges, but don't forget their dignity

Jan 11, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Monday Pope Francis gave his first major speech of the year to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 3, 2014.

Refugees are God's children, Pope says in wake of Paris attacks

Nov 17, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Amid questions over whether European nations will reevaluate their migrant policies in the wake of Friday's deadly attacks in Paris,... Read more

Syrian refugees on the Slovenian Austrian border.

Canada can do better, bishops say in wake of refugee crisis

Nov 13, 2015

Allow yourself to be troubled by the plight of migrants and refugees around the world – this was the message... Read more


A dark plague – what's forcing 60 million people from their homes?

Nov 5, 2015

Racism and religious intolerance are two of the driving forces behind the growing migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle... Read more

Syrian refugees.

Those who've stayed – what now for Christians in Syria and Iraq?

Nov 5, 2015

By Elise Harris, Kevin J. Jones

War in Iraq and Syria have taken a heavy toll on the Chaldean Christians of the Middle East. Now Chaldean... Read more

Young refugees play games as they wait for Pope Francis to visit in Istanbul, Turkey on Nov. 30, 2014.

To welcome a migrant is to welcome God himself, Pope says

Oct 1, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees Pope Francis recognized the challenges involved with welcoming migrants,... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 3, 2014.

No one can play dumb on what's happening in the Middle East, Pope says

Sep 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

While the international community can't seem to find solutions to the current crisis ravaging the Middle East, thanks to the... Read more

Vatican Journalist Aura Miguel with Radio Renascença interviews Pope Francis Sept. 8, 2015.

Full Text of Pope Francis' interview with Portuguese radio station

Sep 14, 2015

In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis touched on a variety of serious and lighthearted topics, such as the current... Read more


Strong words from the Vatican as migrant crisis spikes worldwide

Sep 3, 2015

By Elise Harris

A Vatican official in charge of assisting migrants spoke about the increasing number of refugees around the globe and stressed... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah President of the Pontifical Council

Vatican launches healthcare initiative for Syrian refugee children

Nov 29, 2013

By Elise Harris

The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” has collaborated with other Catholic organizations in order to arrange a special mission which will... Read more

Claude Semaan sits with refugee children in Syria.

Child's smile enough to keep volunteers in Syria

Jul 15, 2013

A Syrian woman who works in a center for children opened during the country's civil war said that the smile... Read more