“It is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us and about the present and future of the human family,” says Pope Francis in a message for the upcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which this year will be marked on 29 September.
Small towns and municipalities are at the forefront of refugee resettlement and integration in Europe today. A new video series shows how people from different backgrounds are able to live together, enriching each others’ lives along the way.
The Vatican visit highlighted the continuing plight of refugees and migrants seeking sanctuary in Greece, especially on the Greek islands. While the delegation acknowledged the energies devoted to caring for refugees, it urged both the Greek government and the European Union to make still greater efforts to relieve their dire conditions.
“I feel that I am very dirty because of all the men who used me.” In the shower, Linh scrubs herself hard, so hard that it leaves scars on her body, as she tries to remove the feeling of having been soiled.
For an Afghan refugee in rural Pakistan, giving birth is often a risky endeavor for mother and baby. Since January 2017, the International Catholic Migration Committee has been working with community health agents to reduce mortality rates and improve the well-being of women and children.