migrants and refugees

Sr. Carla Luísa Frei

“It was a big struggle”: Catholic Official after Angola Moves to Document Refugees

Jun 5, 2024

The Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (CEPAMI) has lauded the decision by the Angolan government to issue national documents to migrants and refugees living in the Southern African nation, saying that the move is a big win for the Church in the country.

In 2023, over half a million migrants headed toward the United States crossed the Darien Gap, the inhospitable jungle region between Colombia and Panama. / Credit: Gonzalo Bell/Shutterstock

Pope Francis’ Message for Migrants and Refugees

Jun 3, 2024

The Holy See Press Office released today Pope Francis’ message for the 110th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Some panelists during the one-day confernece to mark the International Migrants Day at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN). Credit: ACI Africa

“Facilitate wellbeing, rights of migrants”: Catholic Official in Nigeria to Stakeholders

Dec 23, 2023

The Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) has called on the government and citizens of the West African nation to foster the livelihood of migrants, respecting their rights as persons. 

Bishop Vicente Carlos Kiaziku of Angola’s Mbanza Congo Diocese. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Catholic Bishop in Angola Denounces Bad Governance, “doesn't conform to God's will”

Nov 18, 2023

Bishop Vicente Carlos Kiaziku of Angola’s Mbanza Congo Diocese has denounced bad governance by authorities in the country, saying it “doesn't conform to God’s will.”

Credit: SACBC

Bishops in South Africa Unveil “liturgy kit” To Pray for Migrants and Refugees

Sep 30, 2023

The Migrants and Refugees Office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has unveiled a set of guidelines that seek to unite Dioceses and parishes in the country in praying for the people on the move.

Bishop Vicente Carlos Kiaziku of Angola’s Mbanza Congo Diocese. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Catholic Bishop in Angola Calls for Collective Action to Curb Illegal Migration

Sep 29, 2023

Bishop Vicente Carlos Kiaziku of Angola’s Mbanza Congo Diocese has called for collection action in curbing migration, a phenomenon he describes as “complex”, requiring careful analysis.

Pope Francis speaks at the closing session of the Mediterranean Encounter in Marseille, France, on Sept. 23, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis: Migrant Crisis Requires Wisdom, not "alarmist propaganda"

Sep 23, 2023

Pope Francis on Saturday told an interreligious youth conference in Marseille, France, that the deepening migrant crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean is “a reality of our times” that calls for wisdom and a collaborative response from European nations, not “alarmist propaganda."

Pope Francis stands on an altar erected outside the Parliament Building in Budapest's Kossuth Lajos' Square during a public outdoor Mass on April 30, 2023. | Vatican Media

The Good Shepherd Calls us to "open our hearts to love," Pope Says at Mass in Hungary

Apr 30, 2023

During an outdoor Mass in Budapest on Good Shepherd Sunday, Pope Francis called on Hungarians to be “open and inclusive,” reflecting on how Jesus wants his flock to share the abundant life they’ve received from him.

Pope Francis attends a meeting with poor people and refugees at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Budapest, Hungary, on April 29, 2023. | Vatican Media

Speak the Language of Charity, Pope Francis Encourages in Hungary

Apr 29, 2023

Jesus came to bring “glad tidings to the poor,” Pope Francis recalled Saturday during a meeting with poor people and refugees in Budapest.

Pope Francis meets with refugees from Congo and South Sudan before his flight to Africa on Jan. 31, 2023. | Centro Astalli

Pope Francis Meets with Refugees from Congo and South Sudan Before Flight to Africa

Jan 31, 2023

Before departing on his flight to Africa on Tuesday morning, Pope Francis met with a group of refugees and migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan at the Vatican.

From left to right: Fr. Constant Munkala, Fr. Jorge Guerra, Fr. Mario Geremia, Archbishop Grace Butti, Fr. Leonir Chiarellon and Fr. Eduardo Gabriel. Credit: ACI Africa

Local Church to Foster Migrants, Refugees’ Dignity: Religious Superior Visiting S. Africa

Aug 12, 2022

There is need for the local Church to take up the responsibility of welcoming and promoting the dignity of refugees and migrants, the Superior General of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Charles (Scalabrinians) who is on a canonical visit to South Africa has said. 

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience on June 22, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

The Vatican is Asking Catholics to Share Their Experiences Helping Migrants and Refugees

Jul 28, 2022

In a video message released on July 28 ahead of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis poses the question: “How can we foster an enriching encounter with migrants and refugees?”

Pope Francis visits a reception center for asylum seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto, Italy, on March 24, 2016. Vatican Media.

Migrants and Refugees Have "enormous potential" to Help Society: Pope Francis

May 12, 2022

The pope made the comment in his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2022.

Credit: Fr. Rampe Hlobo

Church in Eswatini in Right Direction on “pastoral care for migrants, refugees”: Jesuit

May 7, 2022

Initiatives the Catholic Church in Eswatini is taking to reach out to migrants and refugees in the one-Diocese Southern African nation are steps in the right direction, a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has said.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 22, 2021. Vatican Media.

Take "shared responsibility" for Refugees, Migrants, Pope Francis Urges European Countries

Dec 22, 2021

The pope made the appeal at his general audience.

Pope Francis meets with refugees whom he helped to bring to Italy on his 85th birthday, Dec. 17, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Celebrates His 85th Birthday with Refugees He Helped Bring to Italy

Dec 17, 2021

The group of about ten refugees are being supported directly by Pope Francis.

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

Pope Francis Calls Migrant Crisis a "shipwreck of civilization" during Refugee Camp Visit

Dec 5, 2021

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

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

Two Cameroonian Christians among Migrants Pope Francis is Helping to Bring to Italy

Dec 4, 2021

As a sign of Pope Francis’ concern for migrants, the Vatican has announced that it is helping to arrange the transfer of refugees from Cyprus to Italy, among them, two Christians who fled the Central African nation of Cameroon.

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

Pope Francis in Cyprus: We Encounter Jesus in the Faces of Migrants

Dec 3, 2021

Four migrants shared their testimonies with the pope.

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

Pope Francis Appeals That Migrants Not Be Sent Back to Unsafe Countries

Oct 24, 2021

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