Category Archives: migration/refugees

UK Government closing door to disabled child refugees ‘truly shocking’ — Cardinal Nichols

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has described his deep shock at the UK government reneging on its commitment to Parliament last year to take in 3,000 vulnerable children fleeing war zones, many of whom are disabled. In a … Continue reading

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Bishops deplore ‘dark moment’ as Trump shuts US to refugees

[Austen Ivereigh] Catholic bishops have joined leaders across the faith spectrum in the United States in deploring President Donald Trump’s executive order Friday that halted the entire U.S. refugee program and banned all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days. Shortly … Continue reading

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Francis warns journalists against libel and fear-mongering

[Austen Ivereigh] Journalism should never stoke social fears over forced migration nor destroy people’s lives through defamatory claims, Pope Francis said today, as he suggested three points for media to reflect on. “Few professions have as much influence on society … Continue reading

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The Pope and the Patriarch on Lesbos: the texts

The following are the addresses and prayers by Pope Francis, as well as the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew, and His Beatitude Ieronymos, Archbishop of Athens, on their five-hour visit to the Greek island of Lesbos last Saturday to bring hope to the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Palm Sunday homily likens refugees’ suffering to Christ’s

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (cf. Lk 19:38), the crowd of Jerusalem exclaimed joyfully as they welcomed Jesus. We have made that enthusiasm our own: by waving our olive and palm branches we have … Continue reading

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Pope calls on nations to ‘open hearts and doors’ to refugees

[Austen Ivereigh] In a direct appeal to the compassion of wealthy nations, Pope Francis yesterday described how hungry and cold migrants were being shut out from nations which had closed their hearts to their plight, likening them to exiled Israelites who … Continue reading

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The challenge of migrants, the response of mercy: Pope Francis’s message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

[Austen Ivereigh] Migrants should not be viewed merely in juridical terms  — ‘legal’ or ‘illegal’  — but as people whose dignity needs to be protected and who make a positive contribution to the countries that receive them, says Pope Francis in his message … Continue reading

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Francis calls for Europe to preserve its values by welcoming migrants

[Austen Ivereigh] The arrival of unprecedented numbers of refugees fleeing poverty and violence is testing its postwar settlement, but Europe must guard against losing the values and principles the world rightly looks to, Pope Francis said this morning in his annual speech to diplomats. Addressing … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s New Year message: see how the ‘ocean’ of mercy drowns the ‘torrent’ of misery

[Austen Ivereigh] In two homilies yesterday, Pope Francis opened the New Year with sobering reflections on the state of the world, urging people to look beyond the gloomy headlines to grasp the powerful effect of God’s mercy. Noting how the mystery … Continue reading

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