Greek Refugees: "I’m afraid it’s not going to last," Alexis Papahelas, executive editor of Kathimerini, Greece’s premier newspaper, said of the current cordial relations.
Making a Difference. Worldwide the refugee population has swelled to more than 65 million -- four times what it was a decade ago.
Francis Chronicles: The meal was part reunion, part progress report for Francis and the 21 refugees brought to Rome by the Vatican.
Migrants with no representation are more likely to lose their asylum claims than those who do get legal counsel, according to a report by the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.
"Children, many of whom are babies and toddlers, do not belong in jails, nor do their mothers, who've acted only to protect and save the lives of their children."
Many Lebanese have spent as much time as possible indoors this winter, protecting themselves from this year's unusually brutal cold season.
Pope Francis once again urged solidarity with migrants who risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea for Europe, and assured prayers for the victims of a deadly crossing in early February.
During his general audience Wednesday, the pope called for a spirit of solidarity with migrants "so that no one lacks necessary aid."
He said he was following the news coming out of Lampedusa "with concern." Lampedusa is a southern Italian island that serves as a port of entry for many of the migrants illegally entering Europe by sea.
The ships are part of a new, treacherous method of passage for Syrians, who pay smugglers thousands of dollars for the crossing.
Migrants are among the poorest, most vulnerable people in the world, and a church committed to defending strong families must be particularly engaged in assisting migrant couples and their children, a U.S. bishop told a Vatican conference.
"Across the globe, 175 million migrants seek safety and sustenance in an unknown land," Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City told the Vatican-sponsored World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants.
For the first time, federal funding will help pay for unaccompanied minor immigrants to get legal assistance, including through Catholic agencies that will receive a little more than half of $4.2 million in grants for this fiscal year.
An additional $4.8 million will be allocated for the legal program for the 2015 fiscal year.