Pietro Cardinal Parolin arrives in Rumbek Diocese. Credit: Rumbek Diocese

“Fear is driven out by perfect love”: Vatican Secretary of State to South Sudanese

Aug 20, 2023

Fear is an enemy of peace, and it makes people weak and fragile, Pietro Cardinal Parolin has said in his message to the people of God in South Sudan on the last day of his four-day visit to the East Central African country.

Pietro Cardinal Parolin during Holy Mass at Holy Family Cathedral of Rumbek Diocese. Credit: Rumbek Diocese

Vatican Cardinal Calls on South Sudanese to “abandon old ways”, Seek Reconciliation

Aug 19, 2023

The Vatican Secretary of State concluded his four-day visit to South Sudan on August 17 by calling upon the people of God in the country to abandon they old ways of war and division, and to work towards conversion in their pursuit of peace and reconciliation.

Pietro Cardinal Parolin addressing returnees ad refugees at their camp in the Catholic Diocese of Malakal in South Sudan. Credit: John Amuom, RadioVoice of Love, Catholic Diocese of Malakal

“We feel very sorry for you”: Vatican Secretary of State to Refugees, Returnees from Sudan

Aug 17, 2023

The Vatican Secretary of State who arrived in South Sudan on August 14 on a four-day visit has comforted returnees and refugees in the Catholic Diocese of Malakal, who were displaced by the Sudan war that started on April 15 and expressed the closeness of the Holy Father with them.

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On World Refugee Day, Pope Francis Urges Action; Companies Pledge to Hire Refugees

Jun 20, 2023

June 20 is World Refugee Day, a day established by the United Nations to promote awareness of the estimated 27.1 million refugees displaced by violence and conflict across the globe. 

Pope Francis appeared in the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Sunday, June 18 to make his first public speech since his release from the hospital. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Makes First Public Speech Since Hospitalization for Abdominal Surgery

Jun 18, 2023

Pope Francis appeared in the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Sunday to make his first public speech since his release from the hospital on Friday.

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Pope Francis Urges Freedom in Message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

May 11, 2023

In his message for the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, released May 11, Pope Francis recognized the migratory flows of our times as “the expression of a complex and varied phenomenon” that requires analysis of the different stages, including the departure, arrival, and the possibility of returning to one’s homeland.

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.

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Catholic Commission in Mozambique to Shift Attention to Migrants in Planned Workshops

Sep 24, 2022

After the 2014 launch of a national campaign to raise awareness about the scourge of human trafficking in Mozambique, the Episcopal Commission for Migrants, Refugees and Displaced Persons (CEMIRDE) of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) will hold workshops on human trafficking during the month of October in South Africa, an official has said.

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.

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"I pray to John Paul II": How Ukrainian Refugee Found Shelter at Pope’s Former Residence

Mar 23, 2022

‘Through the intercession of St. John Paul II, God led us to this residence,’ said Eleanor Petritschenko.

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Hundreds of Catholic Convents in Poland Offering Variety of Help to Ukraine’s Refugees

Mar 15, 2022

Nearly 1.8 million people have entered Poland from Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion.

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St. John Paul II’s Former Residence in Poland Opens Doors to Ukrainian Refugees

Mar 9, 2022

Almost 1.3 million Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland.

Fr. Lazar Arasu, Director of Don Bosco Refugee Services, Palabek in Uganda during a talk with the youth at the refugee camp. Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu

Salesians at Ugandan Settlement Training Catechists to Bridge Gap among Refugees

Feb 19, 2022

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Uganda have embarked on fresh training of Catechists among refugees in the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu to fill the gap that was left by Pastoral caregivers who went back to their homes in South Sudan.

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Life of Refugees, Migrants Entails “risking everything”: Catholic Priest in Zimbabwe

Feb 8, 2022

A Catholic Priest in Zimbabwe coordinating an office of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) has highlighted the plight of refugees and migrants, saying that their lives entail “risking everything” in search of a better life.

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Salesians in Egypt Empowering Refugees, Vulnerable Persons with Entrepreneurial Skills

Feb 3, 2022

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Egypt are empowering refugees and vulnerable Egyptians in the country’s capital, Cairo, with skills to initiate businesses.

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese. Credit: SACBC

Consider Refugees, Migrants “new missionary territory,” South African Archbishop Says

Jan 1, 2022

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has expressed concern about the difficult lives of refugees and migrants, especially their challenging search for settlement, and suggested that the vulnerable group be considered “a new missionary territory”.

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese. Credit: SACBC

Create Migrant, Refugee Offices in Parishes, South African Catholic Archbishop Proposes

Dec 31, 2021

The plight of refugees and migrants as far as documentation is concerned can be addressed by the creation of an office that specifically deals with this vulnerable group in each Catholic Parish, a Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has proposed.

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 Rome’s Astalli Center on Sept. 10, 2013. Vatican Media.

Refugees are Ending Up in a "desert of humanity": Pope Francis

Nov 16, 2021

‘The number of people forced to flee their homelands continues to grow,’ the pope said.

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.