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Some refugees at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu /

Catholic Missionary Priest in Uganda Lauds Country for Being “a haven for refugees”

A Catholic Missionary Priest heading a refugee settlement in Uganda has lauded the East African nation for providing a safe haven for refugees and urged other countries to follow suit.

Salesian missionaries are able to offer training to assist refugees in gaining the skills needed for employment or self-employment in Egypt. Credit: Salesian Missions /

Salesian Missionaries in Egypt Empowering Refugees Through Vocational Training

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Egypt are empowering refugees seeking shelter in the Northern African country with technical skills that can significantly enhance the refugees’ empowerment.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on June 13, 2021./ Vatican Media/CNA /

Pope Francis: How Often Do We Fixate on our Problems Rather than Bringing them to God?

In his Angelus message this Sunday, Pope Francis offered a reminder that the Lord wants us to seek his presence in the trials and storms of life.

World Refugee Day T-shirts and food hampers provided by the SACBC Migrants and Refugee Office in collaboration with UNHCR for participants in the event held at Christ the King Cathedral of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese on 20 June 2021/ Credit: Sheila Pires/Radio Veritas South Africa /

Southern Africa Bishops Decry Continued Exclusion of Refugees in COVID-19 Programs

Refugees in various African countries continue to be excluded in COVID-19 programs such as provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and even vaccination against the coronavirus, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have said.

Coronavirus vaccine, stock image. / M-Foto/Shutterstock

Jesuit Refugee Agency Calls on Countries to Include Refugees in COVID-19 Vaccination

The international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), is calling on countries across the globe to include refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in COVID-19 vaccination.

Community workers at Don Bosco Refugee Services Palabek take refugees at Palabek Refugee Settlement through farming lessons in preparation for the 'Rebuilding Lives' agribusiness project / Fr. Lazar Arasu/ Don Bosco Refugee Services Palabek

Salesians’ Vast Agribusiness Project Expected to Impact Thousands of Refugees in Uganda

On a hot and dusty afternoon at Palabek Refugee Settlement in the Northern region of Uganda, a mother in her mid-thirties is seen in the company of other women almost her age who are soaked in sweat, hammering big boulders to prepare gravel for sale.

Some refugees at the Palabek camp in Uganda / Mission Newswire

Salesian Missionaries Reach Out to Hundreds of Refugees Living with Disabilities in Uganda

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have facilitated the provision of food aid and other humanitarian necessities to hundreds of refugees living with disabilities at the Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Resettlement Camp within Uganda’s Archdiocese of Gulu. 

Some beneficiaries of the food aid from the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Uganda. / Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB)

Salesians Reach Out to Hundreds of Refugees in Uganda with Food Aid

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Uganda have facilitated food aid to hundreds of refugees at Palabek Refugee Resettlement Camp located in the country’s Gulu Archdiocese.

Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia. /

Cleric Appeals for Safety of Missing Eritreans, Refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

An Eritrean Cleric known for his ministry with refugees and migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe is appealing for the safety of arrested people and Eritrean refugees in conflict-ridden Ethiopia’s Tigray region amid reports of disappearance.

Interrupted Assistance Posing Multiple Threats to Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia: Cleric

The “sudden interruption” of assistance to Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia amid the ongoing violent conflict in Tigray region is posing multiple threats to hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, a Catholic Cleric known for his ministry with refugees and migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe has said.

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis Appeals to Ethiopia’s “parties in conflict to stop violence, safeguard life”

Pope Francis has asked people to pray for Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where the United Nations has said that “a full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding.”

A detail from Timothy P. Schmalz's sculpture ‘Angels Unawares’ in St. Peter’s Square. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Pope Francis: Care for Refugees Fleeing "viruses of injustice, violence and war"

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to care for people fleeing “the viruses of injustice, violence and war,” in a message marking the 40th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service.

South Sudanese refugees in Sudan. / UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Bishop Bemoans Mistreatment, Poisoning of South Sudanese Students in Sudan Refugee Camps

Refugees from South Sudan who have gone to neighboring Sudan in search of better living conditions are being mistreated instead and are being denied wages when they go to work in farms while some are poisoned in their camps, a Catholic Bishop in the host country has told ACI Africa.

Eritrean refugees protest conditions in Libyan detention. /

Cleric Highlights Plight of Eritrean Refugees: Rejected, Exploited, Prostituted, Deprived

A Rome-based Eritrean Cleric known for his ministry with refugees and migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe has highlighted the plight of Eritrean refugees in neighboring Ethiopia who, he says, have been rejected and become “victims of exploitation, prostitution and deprivation.”

Fr. Mussie Zerai, founder of the Habeshia humanitarian agency based in Libya. /

Missionary Cleric in Libya Appeals for Evacuation of Refugees amid Humanitarian Crisis

A Missionary Cleric ministering in Libya has appealed to the international community to help facilitate “urgent” evacuation of refugees from the North African country amid a humanitarian crisis.

André Atsu, Regional Director for JRS Eastern Africa addressing the students of the Adult English Class in Doro Camp, South Sudan. / Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)

JRS on Plight of Refugees in Eastern Africa amid Cash Shortfalls, COVID-19 Restrictions

The leadership of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, highlighted the plight of refugees in Eastern Africa as they grapple with the double crisis of  reduced food rations from the World Food Program (WFP) due to cash shortfalls and COVID-19 restrictions.

Church Leaders in Burundi pray for new President, Evariste Ndayishimiye during inauguration ceremony, Thursday, June 18. /

“Bring back refugees, intellectuals, renew ties,” Bishop Tells Burundi’s New President

At the inauguration of Burundi’s new President, Evariste Ndayishimiye, a Prelate in the East African nation has called on the new Head of State to prioritize the repatriation of refugees and “intellectuals in exile” and the fostering of partnerships with other nations of the world alongside peace initiatives.

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Nov. 13, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis Tells Jesuits He is Shocked by Anti-immigration Narratives in Europe

Pope Francis decried the mistreatment of migrants and said that he is shocked by anti-immigration narratives within Europe during a conversation with Jesuits in Thailand published Thursday.