'I had to flee for my life' – The reality of being a Syrian refugee

Omar al-Muqdad wanted to help the Iraqi refugees who were displaced from their homes in 2004. He volunteered to help with refugee resettlement, aiding those who came in finding housing, clothing and schools in Syria, where he lived. Little did he know that just a few years later, he himself would be a refugee fleeing… Continue reading 'I had to flee for my life' – The reality of being a Syrian refugee

‘Build bridges not walls’: Pope Francis reiterates message on migrants

Pope Francis repeated his appeal for people to build bridges of understanding at his weekly audience at the Vatican. The Pope also commented that Wednesday marked both the Church’s day of reflection for young victims of human trafficking and coincidentally the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese immigrant. She was a 19th-century Sudanese… Continue reading ‘Build bridges not walls’: Pope Francis reiterates message on migrants

Pope Francis releases emotionally inspiring video that will hit Americans hard

Pope Francis’ February prayer intention video has been posted to YouTube. The 60-second video features Pope Francis’ narration as scenes of society ignoring people in need are displayed. A young man shivers in the cold as people are frozen in place, walking from him and going about their day. Pope Francis begins to speak and… Continue reading Pope Francis releases emotionally inspiring video that will hit Americans hard

Could your parish welcome a refugee family? Government appeals to churches for help

The Home Office has invited community groups to integrate refugees – but so far only two groups have joined the scheme The Home Office has appealed to churches to help integrate refugees, as it tries to meet a target of accepting 20,000 Syrians. The Full Community Sponsorship scheme, launched last July, allows community groups to take… Continue reading Could your parish welcome a refugee family? Government appeals to churches for help

Pope video’ released to accompany February’s prayer intention

The Pope prays that refugees and the marginalised ‘find welcome and comfort’ When it comes to helping the poor, the marginalised and refugees, Pope Francis has urged Catholics not to mimic the “mannequin challenge” by just looking on, frozen and immobile. The video version of his prayer intention for February begins with a street scene… Continue reading Pope video’ released to accompany February’s prayer intention

Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’

The Pope told pilgrims that the sin Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy Meeting a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, Pope Francis said he does not like “the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions.” “This is not something… Continue reading Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’

Trump wants to halt refugee intake – and Catholic leaders are worried

Amid reports of an imminent executive order to halt most refugee resettlement in the U.S., one international Catholic charitable group is speaking out. “When we look at what’s happening in Syria and the needs of 21 million refugees around the world, we think that this is our time as Catholics to be the Good Samaritan,… Continue reading Trump wants to halt refugee intake – and Catholic leaders are worried

Miraculous dreams of Jesus Christ lead Muslims to Christianity

God is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-encompassing, so when Muslim refugees began to experience visitations from Christ, it came as no surprise that they were forever changed. Nizar Shaheen, the host of Light for the Nations – a Christian program aired in Muslim-dense areas – explained: “I’ve seen many, many Arabic-speaking people turning to Christ, accepting… Continue reading Miraculous dreams of Jesus Christ lead Muslims to Christianity

French bishop: Demolition of Calais Jungle necessary, but change of mentality towards refugees needed

Bishop Jean-Paul Jaeger of Arras said ‘unhealthy’ conditions meant the transfer of people from the camp was necessary A French bishop defended the demolition of a migrant camp in northern France while urging greater help for displaced refugees and a “change of mentality” toward asylum-seekers. Bishop Jean-Paul Jaeger of Arras said the transfer of people… Continue reading French bishop: Demolition of Calais Jungle necessary, but change of mentality towards refugees needed

Trump woos Catholic voters in EWTN interview

Trump told Raymond Arroyo he had undergone a change of heart over abortion Donald Trump has reached out to Catholic voters in a 15-minute interview with EWTN, the largest Catholic news network in the world. Speaking to Raymond Arroyo, who hosts the network’s World Over programme, Trump spoke about his pro-life position and his concerns… Continue reading Trump woos Catholic voters in EWTN interview

'Clothe the naked' – Pope Francis calls us to love

When we perform the corporal works of mercy – specifically welcoming the stranger in the form migrants and refugees – we are welcoming Christ in them, and helping to restore their full dignity as humans, Pope Francis said Wednesday. “These works, in fact, make evident that Christians are not tired and lazy in waiting for… Continue reading 'Clothe the naked' – Pope Francis calls us to love

Christians in Germany assaulted by Muslims

Iranian refugees enter Germany in hopes of safer, better lives, but are met with assaults from their Muslim shelter-mates. One recently arrived refugee spoke to humanitarian group World Watch Monitor, which CNA reported. Written on the wall in his shelter were the words, “The time has come to cut off the heads of all non-believers!”… Continue reading Christians in Germany assaulted by Muslims

Nearly 12.5k Muslim refugees vs only 68 Christians admitted to US

As Syrians flood into the United States, Americans protest the obscene number of Muslim to Christian refugees. The United States has admitted over 12.5 thousand refugees in fiscal year 2016, most of whom were Muslim. CNS News reported 98.2 percent of all refugees admitted to the United states were Sunni Muslim, while only 0.5 percent… Continue reading Nearly 12.5k Muslim refugees vs only 68 Christians admitted to US

Is Pope Francis trying to play Politics with the church by visiting Greece tomorrow?

Speculations as to whether or not the Church is beginning to play a political game by having the Holy Father visit Greece tomorrow alongside Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Orthodox Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens has gone wild since the Vatican declared the Papal trip. But the Vatican in  a recent statement said: In a… Continue reading Is Pope Francis trying to play Politics with the church by visiting Greece tomorrow?

Pope washes feet of several refugees including Muslims, Hindus and Copts

On Thursday, Pope Francis visited a refugee center to wash and kiss the feet of several refugees; including Muslims, Hindus and Copts — a gesture of solidarity and peace two days after the Brussels and Paris attacks stirred anti-Muslim attitudes. The Holy Thursday rite re-enacts the foot-washing ritual that dates back to the story of Jesus’… Continue reading Pope washes feet of several refugees including Muslims, Hindus and Copts

Bishop Arnold of Salford diocese encourages refugees and asylum seekers to learn English

Bishop John Arnold of Salford diocese paid a visit to the asylum seeker charity Revive last week in Manchester where he encouraged the refugees and asylum seekers to learn English to avoid getting any hostile attitude or behavior from citizens. The Bishop met with the staff, a host of willing volunteers, as well as the… Continue reading Bishop Arnold of Salford diocese encourages refugees and asylum seekers to learn English

Pope Francis to migrants : "Each of you carries a story, a culture and precious values

Yesterday, Pope Francis welcomed several thousands of migrant worshipers at St Peter’s square to commemorate the world day of Migrants and Refugees. At least 5,000 migrants gathered at a special mass held in St Peter’s to honor the day dedicated to refugees. He personally chose the theme of the Catholic Church’s official “Migrants and Refugees… Continue reading Pope Francis to migrants : "Each of you carries a story, a culture and precious values

The Holy Father organized a Free Circus Show for the Poor

The office of the Papal Almoner through the consent of the Pope has approved a Circus Show for homeless people, the poor, refugees and some prisoners. It was announced by the Papal Almoner that the Rony Roller Circus in Rome on Thursday made an arrangement for 2000 seats for the Pope’s request for the poor.  Doctors… Continue reading The Holy Father organized a Free Circus Show for the Poor

Cardinal Rai calls for adequate support for Lebanese refugees

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, the Patriarch of the powerful Lebanese Maronite Catholic Church, has called on both Christians and Muslims to work towards a  peaceful coexistence, and more assistance for refugees. Extending his best regards to “Muslims and Christians, knowing that this year the celebrations of Christmas and the birth of the Prophet coincide,” – Muhammad’s birthday was… Continue reading Cardinal Rai calls for adequate support for Lebanese refugees

Pope Francis to visit the Mosque in Central Africa for peace Mission against insurgency in Africa

Pope Francis will be visiting Africa November 2015. It is so far certain now that the Pope will be visiting Uganda and Kenya first. The Pope will as well visit Central Africa between  29th – 30th of November after visiting Kenya and Uganda. Central Africa, a nation ravaged by a civil-war that have lasted in… Continue reading Pope Francis to visit the Mosque in Central Africa for peace Mission against insurgency in Africa