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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.

Bishop Peter Holiday of South Africa's Kroonstad Diocese. Credit: Kroonstad Diocese

Refugees Undergoing Suffering in South Africa, Catholic Bishop Says, Calls for Compassion

Sep 27, 2021

The inhumane treatment of refugees and migrants in South Africa is a cause for concern for a Catholic Bishop in the country who is calling for compassion toward those who have fled from various forms of instability in their respective home countries.

Pope Francis greets children in the San Damaso Courtyard during the puppet Little Amal’s visit to the Vatican, Sept. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Welcomes 11-foot-tall Puppet Symbolizing Unaccompanied Refugee Children

Sep 10, 2021

The 11-foot-tall puppet symbolizes unaccompanied refugee children.

Fr. Lazar Arasu saying Mass at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda/ Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu

Catholic Missionary Priest Reports Agony of Refugees in Uganda as COVID-19 Bites

Jul 11, 2021

Uganda has continued to implement stringent measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 amid a spike in infections and related deaths, a situation that has terribly impacted the wellbeing of refugees who were already struggling to survive in the East African country.

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

Jun 23, 2021

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.

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”

Jun 21, 2021

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.

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?

Jun 20, 2021

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

Jun 19, 2021

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

Mar 7, 2021

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

Mar 4, 2021

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

Feb 16, 2021

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

Dec 18, 2020

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

Dec 15, 2020

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

Dec 4, 2020

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”

Nov 29, 2020

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"

Nov 12, 2020

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.