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Pilgrims Wanted
text by Ben Cramer
photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2004)
Christians of the Holy Land languish as visitors stay away

On Jordan’s Bank
by Nicholas Seeley
(From ONE magazine January 2011)
The Hashemites lead in preserving Christianity’s holiest sites

In the Footsteps of St. Thomas
by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine March 2010)
Tracing the apostle’s evangelical mission in south India

Christian High Holy Days
by Sami El-Yousef
(From ONE magazine May 2010)
Recollections of a bittersweet Easter in Jerusalem

Issues
(From ONE magazine July 2009)
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

A Saint Without Borders
by Marilyn Raschka with photographs by Sarah Hunter
(From ONE magazine July 2009)
A Lebanese hermit inspires faithful worldwide

Echoes of Jesus From Syria’s Mountains
by Mitchell Prothero
(From ONE magazine May 2008)
A village celebrates its ancient Christian heritage

Desert Fathers
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine May – June 2004)
Egyptian monastery shelters tradition and enlivens the Coptic faith

On the Road to Damascus
text by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
photographs by L’Osservatore Romano
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2001)
“In the footsteps of St. Paul,” Msgr. Stern recalls the Pope’s pilgrimage journey to Syria.

Piously Poised on a Precarious Perch
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2000)
Seclusion, silence and spirituality revive a fourth-century Lebanese convent.

In His Footsteps
by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2000)
Following the Ways of the Cross in modern Jerusalem reveals the contradiction of Christ’s passion and death.

Papal Pilgrimage of Peace
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East May – June 2000)
Pope John Paul II brings his message of justice and peace to the people of the Holy Land.

Summer in Armenia
text and photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East July – August 2000)
Feast days drenched in tradition are important summer happenings for Armenia’s Christians.

Catholics, Jews and the Papal Pilgrimage
(From Catholic Near East July – August 2000)
Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to the Holy Land sparks a lively dialogue.

When I am Weak, Then I am Strong
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East May – June 2000)
Msgr. Robert Stern reflects on the strength of a simple man of prayer in the footsteps of Jesus.

The Cloud of Transfiguration
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1999)
A five-hour hike brings Romanian Orthodox pilgrims together to celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration.

Jerusalem’s Hidden Treasure
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1999)
A historic church marks the site where Peter heard the cock crow thrice.

Sprouts from the Ashes
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1999)
New life from old roots – the Russian Orthodox Church overcomes the challenges of post-Communist Russia.

The God-Trodden Land
text by George Martin
photographs by Miriam Sushman
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1998)
The history, philosophy and significance of religious pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Syria’s Mar Mousa: An Ancient Monastery Restored
text by Marilyn Raschka
photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1998)
Constructed in the sixth century, the Mar Mousa Monastery undergoes much-needed restoration and reclaims its identity as a holy site of historical significance.

The Tomb of Our Father Abraham
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1997)
The evolution of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, site of the tomb of Abraham.

Consecrating Holy Myron
text and photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1997)
A renewal of the consecration of the myron according to the ancient Armenian Apostolic Church.

Bari’s Borrowed Wonder Worker
text and photographs by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1997)
In the southern Italy city of Bari, an annual celebration commemorates St. Nicholas, the Wonder Worker.

Hungary’s Weeping Icon of Máriapócs
by Erica Papp Faber
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1997)
For centuries, a weeping icon in a small town in Hungary has astounded – and healed – pilgrims and skeptics alike.

The Island of St. John
text and photographs by Chris Hellier
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1997)
A history of the Monastery of St. John on Greece’s most holy isle.

Feeding Mind and Spirit
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1996)
Pontifical Mission libraries all over the Middle East are not only vital areas of resource but also sites for possible interreligious dialogue.

The Significance of Jerusalem for Christians
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1995)

Not an Accidental Tourist
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1994)
The author’s trip to the Holy Land unearths more than just sites and tourists.

Born in a Cave
by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1994)
A visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, site of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Holy Places
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1994)
A reflection on the monuments and shrines of the Holy Land.

The Ganges: India’s River of Life and Death
text and photos by Joan Clifford
(From Catholic Near East January 1993)
For more than two centuries, the Ganges River has drawn pilgrims from all over the globe.

Not Your Typical Sunday in Albuquerque
by Rev. Christopher Zugger
(From Catholic Near East March 1993)
A Byzantine Catholic priest writes about a healing liturgy celebrated in his New Mexican parish.

A Pilgrimage Through Eastern Europe
text and photographs by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East March 1993)
Excerpts from the editor’s journal, kept while on a January trip to Poland, Ukraine and Russia.

On Holy Ground
text by Jennifer Reidy
photos by Tom Stevens
(From Catholic Near East April 1992)
A pilgrimage to St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai.

Celebrating Muslim Saints
text by Jennifer Reidy
photos by Tom Stevens
(From Catholic Near East July 1992)
Egyptians celebrate the birthdays of Muslim saints.

The Dead Cities of Northern Syria
text and photos by Anthony B. Toth
(From Catholic Near East January 1991)
Ancient ruins in northern Syria hold keys to life in the Byzantine era.

The Ruined House of Ephesus
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
Saint Paul wrote to the Ephesians that “you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit” (2:22). That community is gone, and his message seems a distant echo.

Paul VI and His Flock in the Holy Land
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
The Pontifical Mission for Palestine is a living testament to the vision and action of one man.

Tantur: Dialogue on the Road to Jerusalem
by Rev. Thomas F. Stransky, C.S.P.
(From Catholic Near East October 1989)
An institute of learning in the Holy Land provides a haven for Christian unity.

Testament to a Joyous Heritage
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1988)
Ethiopian Christians in Jerusalem observe Holy Week with a unique pageantry, but also with a clear sense of faith.

Today’s Prophetic Voices in the Holy Land
text and photos by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1987)
The forgotten minority in the Holy Land, Palestinian Christians express their faith with a quiet determination.

Christianity’s Holiest Shrine
by Sir William J. Doyle, K.G.C.H.S.
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1987)
The faithful have revered this site since the earliest days of the Church.

Churches Carved From Ethiopian Hills – The Mystery of Lalibela
by Lark Gould
photos by Ilene Perlman
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1987)
The tiny village of Lalibela in Ethiopia is home to eleven mysterious churches, ancient holy sites for Coptic Christians.

Coptic Villagers of the Upper Nile – Islands of Christianity
by Kenneth Cline
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1986)
In the land of the Holy Family, despite isolation and poverty, Coptic Christians in rural Egypt maintain an unwavering faith.

A Special Apostolate in Sion
by Norman A. Rubin
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1985)
The Sisters of Our Lady of Sion are Christians with Jewish roots in the Holy Land.

Legends, Lore and Holy Places
by Veronica J. Treanor
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1984)
Lebanon holds numerous sites rich in history and tradition on its ancient land.

Varanasi: Hinduism’s Sacred City
by Jeannette Isaac
photos by John Isaac
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1983)
For Hindus, a pilgrimage to the holy city of Varanasi is a lifetime goal.

The Sea of Galilee: Jesus’ Lake
by Teddy Kleinhans
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1982)
The Sea of Galilee and its surroundings are a significant piece in the puzzle that is Christian history.

Serving God For Centuries: The Monastery of Mar Gabriel
text and photos by Nadine Posner
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1980)
A Syrian Orthodox monastery in eastern Turkey maintains an old and pious tradition.

A Pilgrim’s Thoughts on the Holy Land
by Pope Paul VI
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1978)
Excerpt from the “Apostolic Exhortation of His Holiness PAUL VI to the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the World Concerning the Increased Needs of THE CHURCH IN THE HOLY LAND,” March 25, 1974.

Aspebet-Peter…The Bedouin Bishop
by Amédée Brunot, S.C.J.
photos by Rev. Leon V. Kofod, Three Lions, Inc.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1978)
(This article, which originally appeared in the Sept–Oct 1974 edition of JERUSALEM: Le Bulletin Diocesain du Patriarcat Latin, has been translated from French and edited by the Catholic Near East staff. This piece has been reprinted with permission.)

Hungarians Gather to Honor Mary
by Jacqueline Ruyak
(From ONE magazine May 2005)
A rustic icon draws tens of thousands of pilgrims

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Reaching Out
news from ONE Magazine (15 March 2006)
Immaculate Conception parish in Traverse City, Michigan, has raised $12,000 for the Terra Sancta School for Girls in Jerusalem.

Pilgrims to Holy Land Must Help Peace Efforts
Catholic News Service (21 July 2011)
Catholic and Anglican leaders have challenged Christians to find new ways to establish lasting peace in the Holy Land, including changing the nature of pilgrimages.

Patriarch Encourages Pilgrimages to Holy Land
Catholic News Service (28 September 2011)
BETHESDA, Md. (CNS) — The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem says the dwindling population of Christians in his city needs to be bolstered by the support of Christians around the world and by their visits as pilgrims.

Israeli Ambassador on Holy Land Tattoos
Catholic News Service (9 December 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Intellectual curiosity about a very particular aspect of Christian pilgrimages to Jerusalem has gotten under the skin of Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See.

Pilgrims Baptized in Jordan River
Catholic News Service (10 January 2012)
QASR EL-YEHUD, West Bank (CNS) With 8 year-old grandson Jamal in tow, Hajeh Mattar made her way across a wooden platform alongside the Jordan River. Her plan: to baptize him in the waters of the river at the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism.

Throngs at Jerusalem’s Church of Holy Sepulchre
Catholic News Service (4 April 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — As Easter approaches, it can be a daunting task to find a quiet moment of contemplation at any of Jerusalem’s holy sites, but it is especially so at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Holy Land Pilgrimages on the Rise
Catholic News Service (5 April 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Fear of violence in the Middle East has not kept pilgrims away from the Holy Land, according to U.S. Franciscan priests who frequent the sites commemorating the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus of faith, not just historical landmarks that are more like any hesitancy to visit these places is “overcome by faith and interest,” said Franciscan Father Jeremy Harrington, commissary and guardian of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington. The holy sites, he added, remain safe places to visit despite unrest in the region.

St. Thomas Pilgrims in India
Catholic News Service (5 April 2012)
MALAYATTOOR, India (CNS) — When doctors recommended a second heart surgery for Joseph Kudiassery in 1999, the penniless fishermen was at his wit’s end.

Archbishop: Synod Shows Importance of Family for Pope
Catholic News Service (10 October 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ decision to call an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family in 2014 demonstrates how important he believes the family is and the urgency he sees in responding to problems Christian families face, said the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Holy Land Tour Operators Scramble to Help Pilgrims After Flight Ban
Catholic News Service (23 July 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — With most international airlines canceling their flights into Israel’s Ben Gurion airport after several Hamas missiles were launched toward the area on 22 July, Anton Mousallam has only three words on his mind: cancellation, cancellation, cancellation.

Gaza War Dashed Hopes for Palestinian Tourism Windfall
Catholic News Service (10 December 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Palestinian hopes for a tourism windfall following Pope Francis’ spring pilgrimage did not pan out because the Gaza war broke out shortly after his visit, Palestinian Tourism Minister Rula Ma’ay’a told journalists.

Jordanian Priest: Muslims Need to See Christians Visit Holy Land
Catholic News Service (24 April 2015)
MA’IN, Jordan (CNS) — Muslims, more than 90 percent of Jordan’s population, need to see Christians visit the country’s biblical sites, said the Melkite Catholic priest who established the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center.

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Christmas in the Holy Land
Msgr. Kozar concludes his pastoral visit to the Middle East, celebrating Mass with Archbishop Fouad Twal, visiting the place of Christ's birth, and more!

CNEWA Staff and Benefactors in Jericho
CNEWA’s Father Guido Gockel, M.H.M., and Gabriel Delmonaco are accompanying a group of friends and benefactors on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Picture of the Day: Young Pilgrims
Young Ukrainians travel on foot and on horseback for a pilgrimage from Lviv to Univ. (photo: Petro Didula)

The Lourdes of Ukraine
Last weekend, over 100,000 young Ukrainians participated in a youth pilgrimage to a Marian shrine in the western Ukraine.

Picture of the Day: A Glimpse of the Promised Land
Pope Benedict XVI takes in the panoramic view from Mount Nebo in Madaba, Jordan. The place where Moses glimpsed the Promised Land before dying is marked by a modern sculpture of the prophet's serpentine staff. (photo: CNS/Ali Jarekji, Reuters)

Picture of the Day: Pope Benedict at Golgotha
In this image from 2009, Pope Benedict XVI prays inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher at the spot that marks the traditional site of the crucifixion at Golgatha. T(photo: CNS/Yannis Behrakis, Reuters)

Encountering Christians in the Holy Land: On Jordan’s Bank
Carl Hétu and the others visit the Jordan River

Encountering Holy Land Christians: Velma’s Dream Come True
Velma Harasen, former president of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada, shares a reflection after participating in the C.W.L.’s Holy Land pilgrimage with CNEWA.

Encountering Holy Land Christians:
Supporting Christian Livelihood

Melodie Gabriel discusses how CNEWA/C.W.L. members made a point to support Christian businesses on their visit to the Holy Land.

Encountering Holy Land Christians:
Arab Palestinian Christians in Israel

Carl Hétu recalls an encounter from the recent CNEWA/C.W.L. pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Encountering Holy Land Christians: Witnessing Velma’s Dream
Melodie Gabriel discusses the Holy Land pilgrimage.

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Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: In a Pilgrim’s Pocket
In Alaska, pilgrims bring to the tomb of St. Herman their well-worn travel icons. (photo: Clark James Mishler)

The Canonization Crowds: Why Pilgrims Packed Rome
Father Elias Mallon discusses pilgrims in the context of the recent canonization Mass at the Vatican.

Picture of the Day: Prayer and the Holy Land
A pilgrim prays in the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. (photo: Paul Souders)

In the Footsteps of Francis in the Holy Land
Melodie Gabriel of CNEWA Canada discusses their upcoming journey to the Holy Land with the Catholic Women’s League of Canada.

A Home at the House of Grace
Melodie Gabriel shares a story from CNEWA Canada’s recent visit to the Holy Land with members of the Catholic Women’s League.

Footsteps of Francis in Pictures
Melodie Gabriel shares a story from CNEWA Canada’s recent visit to the Holy Land with members of the Catholic Women’s League.

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Stories of interest for the day.