‘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

‘I don’t judge politicians’: Pope Francis skirts Trump question

The Pope said he simply wanted to understand the suffering that politicians ’cause to the poor’ Pope Francis has declined to offer any comment about Donald Trump in a new interview, but said he was concerned about how political policies may affect the lives of the poor. The interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of… Continue reading ‘I don’t judge politicians’: Pope Francis skirts Trump question

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

Closing the door on refugees is not the answer, says Pope

The Pope urged the Church to welcome migrants at his general audience yesterday Closing doors to immigrants and refugees is not the answer – in fact, it only helps encourage the crime of human trafficking, Pope Francis said. “The only way for resolution is through solidarity,” where everyone pitches in because “all together we are… Continue reading Closing the door on refugees is not the answer, says Pope

Catholic Aid leader alarms emergence of a new state of emergency due to refugee crisis at Greece-Macedonia border

With a rising number of refugees and migrants, traveling across the Mediterranean Sea to seek safe asylum in Greece, the migrant crisis in Greece is entering a new stage of emergency where some 12,000 migrants and refugees are stuck on its border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia unable to continue their journey. A… Continue reading Catholic Aid leader alarms emergence of a new state of emergency due to refugee crisis at Greece-Macedonia border

Cardinal Muller on proselytism, "Sometimes a silent witness is the best witness of the love of God"

Cardinal Gerhard Müller of Germany, Vatican’s Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says proselytism ‘is practically a manipulation of the conscience’ that the church’s mission is to help mankind relate to and love those escaping war and persecution. His words came during an international conference at the Vatican organized to reflect… Continue reading Cardinal Muller on proselytism, "Sometimes a silent witness is the best witness of the love of God"

Pope prays for the gift of tears, gift of conversion in the lives of crisis-affected migrants

At least 400,000 Catholic faithful were gathered on the border town of Cuidsad Juarez, where Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass on the last day of his five day visit to Mexico. The Plight of migrants in the face of violence and crisis situations were at the center of the Pope’s homily during Mass. Migrants… Continue reading Pope prays for the gift of tears, gift of conversion in the lives of crisis-affected migrants

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 international community must protect the dignity of migrants, says Vatican official

Fr Gabriele Bentoglio spoke at the Eighth Global Forum on Migration and Development in Istanbul last week The international community must help protect the human rights and dignity of migrants regardless of their legal status, said a Vatican official. “The dignity of the human person always takes precedence over partisan interests and economic considerations” regardless… Continue reading The international community must protect the dignity of migrants, says Vatican official

Aid workers in Greece braced for more migrants, despite worsening weather

Those fleeing conflict remain undeterred by the worsening weather and colder autumn temperatures Greece is bracing itself for thousands more Syrians and other people to land on Lesbos and other key island crossings from Turkey, as those fleeing conflict remain undeterred by the worsening weather and colder autumn temperatures in their desperate search for safety… Continue reading Aid workers in Greece braced for more migrants, despite worsening weather

Read the full text of Pope Francis' visit to a school in Harlem

Pope Francis visited Our Lady, Queen of the Angels school in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City on Sept. 25. Most of the school’s students come from migrant families. Read the full text of his prepared remarks: Dear Children, I am very happy to be with you today, along with this big family which… Continue reading Read the full text of Pope Francis' visit to a school in Harlem