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MIDDLE EAST UPDATE: Resilience and Grace Replace Panic and Fear (One-to-One blog, 6 Aug 2015) One year after ISIS extremists stormed the villages of the Nineveh Plain in the middle of the night, driving out more than 120,000 Christians, most of those who fled remain in their places of exile. ...

IRAQ UPDATE: Aiding Refugees in Lebanon (One-to-One blog, 7 Jul 2015) Iraqi refugees came to Lebanon because they had no other choice. They were uprooted from what was normal and familiar — from schools, homes and lands. More importantly, they have all witnessed the horror of war. They fled in large numbers from the bombing and destruction that ravaged their homeland, seeking refuge in Lebanon and neighboring countries. So far, an estimated 1.8 million Iraqis, fleeing ISIS, have been forced to leave their homes in fear for their lives...

IRAQ UPDATE: Dispensary Provides Medical Care to Refugees (One-to-One blog, 1 July 2015) After the ISIS attack on Mosul and Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq —displacing thousands of Christians and Yazidi from the brutality of the ISIS regime, forcing them into camps all over the Kurdish area of Erbil, Dhoc, Suleimanyyeh and Zakho — there was an urgent need to intervene and provide medical support and attention to these people.

PRESS RELEASE: Relief Rushed to Displaced Middle East Christians (01 Jun 2015) CNEWA’s president, Msgr. John E. Kozar, has released $849,200 to aid Christians in the Middle East.

Spreading the Word, Receiving a Gift (One-to-One blog, 21 May 2015) When CNEWA’s president Msgr. John Kozar looked at those gathered around the room Wednesday, he described it as a gathering of “family.” But if it was a family affair — and with about 60 people scattered around on sofas and easy chairs, it felt familiar — it was also one with a purpose. The event, held in the faculty lounge at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York, brought together supporters, donors and interested Catholics from around the greater New York area to learn the latest on the situation in Iraq and Egypt from Msgr. Kozar...

Iraqi Christians in Jordan: There’s No Going Back (One-to-One blog, 11 May 2015) I began covering the successive waves of refugees descending upon Jordan nearly 12 years ago. At that time, most Iraqis fled their country because the U.S.-led invasion and its turbulent aftermath of sectarian violence made parts of the embattled land — especially the capital, Baghdad — unsafe...

SPEECH: Middle East Christians, Scattered in Limbo (7 May 2015) Long before there was ISIS, civil war in Syria, an Arab Spring, Al Qaeda, the U.S. invasions of Iraq, civil war in Lebanon, and the Israeli-Arab conflict, Middle East Christians were on the move...

"ISIS Took Everything, But We Still Have Our Faith in Jesus Christ" (One-to-One blog, 7 May 2015) Cardinal Leonardo Sandri and CNEWA president John E. Kozar concluded their pastoral visit to Iraq this week, and experienced first hand the profound faith and resilience of the country’s Christians...



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