From a modest walk-up apartment in Zahle, Lebanon, a city not far from the Syrian border, the Syriac Catholic iconographer and refugee creates his sacred art in a sparsely furnished living room. As he works, he sings the hymns he has committed to memory from the sole book he managed to save.
Pope Francis praised the International Catholic Migration Commission’s work over the past 67 years, noting how it also offers expert assistance to bishops’ conferences and dioceses to respond to local and national challenges.
James McMurtry is one of a fistful of performers crisscrossing the western United States as part of the Lampedusa tour that benefits Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative for refugee families.
A HuffPost reporter and refugee, Igor Bobic, told a Washington audience June 19 about his own experience and the twists and turns that led to being resettled with his parents in the United States and the part Catholic agencies played in his family’s new life.
Memo from the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, James W. McCament, state conditions in Haiti no longer support its designation for a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) which would force 58,000 people to return to Haiti in an already fragile situation.