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Refugees and Migrants

 

At the table with Francis

At the table with Francis. On Thursday, 11 August, Pope Francis had lunch in the Casa Santa Marta with the 21 Syrian refugees who have ...

The paradox of reception

The world’s six wealthiest countries (the USA, China, Japan, Germany, France and the UK) received less than nine per cent of the 65 million people ...

An oasis even for the youngest

The pastoral ministry for the migrants of Jerusalem for Latins and the patriarchal vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholic faithful have been mobilized in order to allow ...

Cooperate for refugees

Better coordination in order to respond effectively to the growing number of migrants coming to Europe is being asked of participants in a conference on ...

A refugee family in every parish

A refugee family in every parish, monastery, shrine and community of religious in Europe. This was the Pope's appeal on Sunday, 6 September, in the ...

Response to the drama of migrants

“Migrants and refugees challenge us. The response of the Gospel of mercy”. This is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the next World Day ...

UN aid to refugees of Burundi

The United Nations has allocated 15 million dollars to the urgent situation of 70,000 people of Burundi who have fled to Rwanda and Tanzania.The money ...

Who is my neighbour?

On 23 April, an inter-faith funeral service was held in Malta in which 24 of the hundreds of migrants lost in the tragedy last weekend ...

Despite everything

Following his recent visit to Kurdistan, Cardinal Vincent Gerard Nichols spoke to Vatican Radio about meeting refugees in the camps in Erbil.The refugees, the Archbishop ...

A tragedy that touches everyone

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has stated that, in the face of yet another tragedy “Europe must act”. Recent events in the Strait of Sicily, ...

Lives cut short between desert and sea

On Friday 1 November, the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis prayed in a special way for migrants who were recently killed in the “cruel ...

Aid and protection for migrants

Recognition for the Pope's work for migrants, the priority of saving lives in aiding international migration flow, and support for the European Union's efforts to ...

The continuing presence

Pope Francis continues to follow attentively the changing situation in Lampedusa. His thoughts are constantly directed at the conditions of refugees, as well as their ...

The strength to overcome indifference

“In the humble sign of Bread and Wine, the Lord Jesus gives himself to us forever and thereby grants the strength to overcome indifference: let ...

A disgrace that cannot be repeated

“It is a disgrace”. For Pope Francis there are no other words to describe the latest episode in a long line of tragedies at sea. ...

Every foreign country is a homeland

Migrants and refugees are not “pawns on the chessboard of humanity” but real people: men, women and children who suffer violence, discrimination and marginalization. Pope ...

With Sarim who queues for a meal every day

Sarim is stunned and bewildered. He can’t understand why the people standing in line in front of the door — on the other side of ...

The Church is a mother

“The Church is our mother in faith”, the Holy Father reflected at the General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday, 11 September. Resuming his ...

Once again among the least

Less than two months after his visit to Lampedusa, Pope Francis returns among refugees and displaced persons to give witness to the Church's solidarity and ...

A lost generation

Half of the two million people, so far, forced to flee Syria are children. A fact that, more than any other, captures the extent of ...

A global question

At first glance it's a picture that is almost idyllic: a young family – father and mother holding their baby close – setting out, riding ...

Immigration alert on Italian and Spanish coasts

The immigration emergency in Europe is worsening every day, and not only on the Italian coast, the daily landing place for hundreds of people fleeing ...

A promise kept

Pope Francis's journey to the existential outskirts also passes through the centre of Rome. At no. 14/a Via degli Astalli, between the Capitoline Hill and ...

A future to protect

On 27 September World Tourism Day will be celebrated on the theme chosen by the World Tourism Organization this year: “Tourism and water: protecting our ...

Help refugee families

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I am pausing to reflect on another expression by which the Second Vatican Council indicates the nature of ...

The cry of oppression

It is impossible to be indifferent to the cry of distress and oppression raised by millions of people, the victims of violence and abuse, who ...

From the past to the future beside the migrant population

“The importance of the Constitution Exsul Familia 60 years after its promulgation” is the topic of the discourse that Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, Presidente of ...

Those migrants, fellow-citizens of the world

“You who for various reasons of mobility or migration live without having any special roots in a place, are better able than others to appreciate ...

Faith and hope among the possessions of emigrants

“Migrations: pilgrimage of faith and hope” is the theme chosen by the Pope for the celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2013. ...

Young workers for an old Europe

It seems absurd yet the European Parliament estimates that in 2050, to compensate for the gradual reducation of manpower, in the countries on the Old ...

A world of refugees

In 2011, wars and revolutions have caused more than 4,300,000 people to flee their homes. That includes 800,000 forced to seek refuge outside the borders ...

Millions that are not numbers

The Holy Father stressed the crucial role of the spiritual director on the journey of faith and, in particular, in the “response to the vocation ...

Migrants and the New Evangelization

The following is the Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 98th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2012 on the theme: "Migration ...

The UN returns to the most devastated areas of Somalia

For the first time in more than a year and a half, the United Nations is preparing to distribute aid to populations in areas of ...

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