Tag: refugees

Cardinal turns on the lights and raises ire of Italian politician

ROME | Back in Rome less than 24 hours after visiting refugees in camps in Greece, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski turned on some lights and found himself being threatened by Italy’s deputy prime minister. The cardinal, who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis, went at 10 p.m. May 11 to a state-owned building in Rome… Read more »

Catholics join other Christians in calling for admitting more refugees

WASHINGTON | Christians in the U.S. have taken the Trump administration to task for a dramatic drop in the numbers of persecuted Christian and other refugees being admitted into the country, even though administration officials promised last year to help. While administration officials vowed on several occasions to help Christians in the Middle East facing… Read more »

Programs broaden horizons for refugees

Last names have been omitted to protect minors. ORLANDO | It’s 4 a.m. and 18-year-old Asende Alex is waking up to get to her job at Starbucks in the Florida Hotel in Orlando, but she’s not complaining. Until two years ago, Alex had spent her entire life living in a refugee camp in Tanzania after… Read more »

CCCF offers hope to refugee family of 8

ORLANDO | When Burundian refugee Burakoze and his family arrived at Orlando International Airport in April, he was greeted by longtime friends from the refugee camp in Tanzania where he and his family lived for two decades. Carolina Toro, Catholic Charities of Central Florida program manager, and Alice Ngamije, case manager, who worked behind the… Read more »

U.S. Catholic leaders concerned by low number of resettled refugees

WASHINGTON | Catholic leaders wrote to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security March 26 expressing concern for the low number of refugees to be resettled this year in the United States. President Donald Trump has cut the number of refugees to be admitted into the U.S., from 110,000 in fiscal… Read more »

Advocates alarmed at U.S. suspension of aid to Palestinian refugees

JERUSALEM | The U.S. suspension of $65 million in aid to the U.N. agency that deals with Palestinian refugees alarmed advocates who work with Palestinians living in camps. Hilary DuBose, country representative to the Palestinian territories for the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Relief Services, said her agency is “deeply concerned about the impact such a dramatic… Read more »