The Peace Pulpit: "There are millions and millions of people who have been driven from their homes by violence. ... They need to be welcomed, to be taken in."
Opinion: The United Kingdom gives asylum to those who are fleeing religious persecution, but they use a vetting method scientifically shown to fail.
The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, reported that numbers fleeing war and persecution have soared four times over the past decade, to more than 65 million people forcibly displaced worldwide.
Relations between Christians and Muslims in places where refugees of both faiths have landed -- in countries like Lebanon and Jordan -- are frayed.
NCR Today: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and Tom Gallagher talk on camera about their trip with Catholic Near East Welfare Association to Iraqi Kurdistan.
The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis is considering making a trip to Greece, just as the country has begun deporting migrants to Turkey.
NCR Today: In a television interview, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said he could understand Austria's decision to close its borders.
Beh Paw Gaw and her family spent 10 years in a Thai refugee camp after escaping war in Burma. They left a home with plenty of space to grow mangos, coconuts, bananas and papayas for a household where the nearest neighbor was only one step away.
The U.S. government resettled Gaw, her husband, Ta Mla, and their seven children in Kansas City in 2007. Ta Mla found work at a factory in St. Joseph, Mo. Beh Paw needed a flexible job she could work while raising young children that could help pay the rent when her husband's work was unstable.
Making a Difference: With so many countless fellow human beings suffering, Jesus' own suffering continues on to this very day -- in them and with them.
NCR Today: Cardinal Reinhard Marx has called for a reduction in the number of refugees Germany takes in but says that policy also must be compassionate and practical.