29 February 2016
Spring has arrived early in New York City, and, during a much-needed spring-cleaning of my desk, I uncovered this memento from a trip to the Holy Land back in 2013.
I met the little artist who drew this card at the Infant Welfare Center, in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. He’s one of about 27,500 Palestinian Arabs who, since Israel seized the Old City in 1967, still live within its ancient stone walls.
Jerusalem is a prosperous place, but many of the Palestinian families are deeply poor. The children of the Old City suffer from overcrowded housing, a lack of access to health care and limited educational opportunities — as well as a permeating mood of frustration and hopelessness. At bottom, they’re victims of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
But behind the heavy metal door of the Infant Welfare Center, I didn’t see any suffering. The happy shouts of children filled the 700-year-old building with joy.
The center is a program of the Greek Catholic Annunciation Society and houses a kindergarten, a health clinic, tutoring for at-risk teens and other services that address genuine needs of the Palestinian children in the Old City. It’s a very impressive place. The youngsters I met there were just four or five years old, but the center was already teaching them English. We sang “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” together.
Now that the card has been rescued from the bottom of a drawer, it’s hanging on the wall above my desk. And I want to thank you for the wonderful memory. Because the Infant Welfare Center is supported by your generous donations to CNEWA.
26 February 2016
Tags: Palestine Jerusalem Education
Father Sharbel Bcheiry plays with his sons Gabriel, 5, and Emmanuel, 3, at his home in suburban Chicago. To read more about the life of a married priest, check out this profile from the
Summer 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Karen Callaway)
25 February 2016
The faithful gather to pray at the Church of the Forty Martyrs in Mardin, Turkey. To learn more about Christians who have returned to their homeland, read Coming Home in the Winter 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Don Duncan)
24 February 2016
The photo above, from November 2015, shows a memorial in Kiev, Ukraine. This week, Ukrainians are commemorating victims who died during December 2013 — February 2014 protests in downtown Kiev. At that time, about 100 peaceful protesters were killed by the pro-presidential security forces. In addition to ordinary Ukrainian citizens, victims included citizens of Belarus and Georgia. You can read a first-hand account of the protests in the Spring 2014
edition of ONE. (photo: Carl Hétu)
23 February 2016
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the Bellingshausen Station on Waterloo Island in Antarctica on 17 February, and got to spend a little quality time with some of the local residents. To learn more about his visit, check out this link. (photo: Moscow Patriarchate)
22 February 2016
Fleeing the violence in Syria — which has taken on sectarian overtones — refugee children scream as they sit in front of Macedonian riot police at the Greek-Macedonian border last summer. CNEWA’s own Elias Mallon, S.A., shares his thoughts on challenges to religious liberty worldwide in America Magazine. (photo: CNS/Yannis Behrakis, Reuters)
19 February 2016
Ambili Elias, a teacher with Ashabhavan, helps three students with their daily lessons. To learn more about how this institution changes the lives of children with special needs, read Kerala’s House of Hope, appearing in the Winter 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Jose Jacob)
18 February 2016
Tags: India Children Sisters Education Disabilities
A Dominican Sister of St. Catherine of Siena from Iraq visits El Cajon, California, for the ordination of her nephew at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in August 2015. In the midst of a global refugee crisis, ONE recently spotlighted on a thriving Iraqi Christian migrant community in the southwestern United States. Read more about Nineveh, U.S.A. in the Winter 2015 edition of the magazine. (photo: Nancy Wiechec)
17 February 2016
Tags: Iraqi Christians Iraqi Refugees United States Migrants Chaldeans
The Coptic churches have not abandoned the Zabbaleen — the garbage people of Cairo. Read more about them in the Winter edition of ONE. To support Egypt’s struggling Christians,
visit this giving page. (photo: John E. Kozar)
16 February 2016
Clergy process into St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in El Cajon, California, for a Mass of ordination. To learn more about Iraqi Christians who have settled in the American Southwest, read Nineveh, U.S.A. in the Winter 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Nancy Wiechec)