from ONE

A Loving Embrace
by Diane Handal
(From ONE magazine March 2008)
Exiled from their homeland, Iraqis in Amman are not alone

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine November 2006)
Religious Violence

Middle Eastern, Central American Style
by Paul Wachter with photographs by Carina Wint
(From ONE magazine September 2006)
Arabs have found a new home in Honduras

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine September 2006)
Middle East Story

issues
by Michael L. Fitzgerald, M.Afr.
(From ONE magazine September 2008)
Islam’s Many Faces

West Bank’s New Breadwinners
by Diane Handal
(From ONE magazine July 2008)
Palestinian women put their culinary skills to work

Caught in the Middle
by Michele Chabin
(From ONE magazine March 2010)
A minority within a minority, Israel’s Arab Christians muddle through

Issues
by John L. Esposito
(From ONE magazine July 2011)
Is Islam Compatible With Democracy?

Perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine March 2010)
Disoriented

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine July 2007)
Red Riders

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine November 2007)
Is Peace Possible?

Scents of Time and Place
by Lark Ellen Gould
photographs by Ilene Perlman
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2003)
Echoes of gold, frankincense and myrrh

Upper Egypt’s Copts
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2002)
Coptic Christians strive to improve the lot of all Egyptians.

This Little Light of Mine
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2002)
The fight against darkness and gloom is up to us.

CNEWA at 75: A New Vision Is Formed
by Peg Maron
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2001)
A succession of gifted leaders bring their insight to the work of CNEWA.

CNEWA at 75: Into The Future
by Peg Maron
(From CNEWA WORLD November – December 2001)
CNEWA continues its good work under the aegis of Msgr. Robert L. Stern.

Pontifical Mission at 50
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East January – February 2000)
Msgr. Robert Stern reflects on the reason for the observance of the 50th anniversary of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine.

Pontifical Mission at 50: New York
prepared by CNEWA staff
photographs by Maria Bastone
(From Catholic Near East January – February 2000)
Dignitaries and long-time friends gather in New York City to commemorate the establishment of the Pontifical Mission.

Pontifical Mission for Palestine: An Expression of Papal Concern
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1999)
For 50 years this papal agency has provided food, clothing, education and housing to people in need in the Middle East.

Harvard’s Hotbed of Hope
text by Brother David Carroll, F.S.C.
photographs by Ilene Perlman
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1997)
A handful of professionals from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia are chosen to study at Harvard and learn a thing or two about their Middle Eastern neighbors.

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1997)
A reflection on hospitality and how a proper visit may gain trust in the Middle East.

Healing the Church of Antioch: The Greek-Melkite Initiative
by Bishop Nicholas J. Samra
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1997)
The Greek-Melkite Church takes steps to heal the rift between the Catholics and Orthodox of the Church of Antioch.

Learning to Live Together
text by Michele Chabin
photographs by Miriam Sushman
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1997)
In the quiet following the Israeli-Arab conflict, dialogue workshops surface in an effort to improve relations between Arabs and Jews.

A Crown Prince’s World View
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1996)
The Crown Prince of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan discusses the address by Pope John Paul II to the UN in light of current world problems and potential for improvement by the UN.

Lamech’s Policy
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1996)
A reflection on the vengeful policy of the Old Testament figure Lamech, and a comparison of the “radical solution” of Jesus that precludes revenge.

Onward Christian Soldiers
by Brother David Carroll, F.S.C., K.C.H.S.
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1995)
The history of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

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

Securing the Agreement
by Brother Donald Mansir, F.S.C.
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1994)
What is the role of our Pontifical Mission in a new Middle East?

The Christians of Ain Arik
text and photos by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1994)
Christians in the village of Ain Arik.

Muslim Women
by Joyce M. Davis
(From Catholic Near East July 1993)
The role of women in Muslim society in the Middle East is changing, but not as quickly, or as effectively, as some would like.

Bright September
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East November 1993)
Is the “Declaration of Principles” the beginning of peace in the Middle East?

Cardinal’s Middle East Trip Promotes Interfaith Fellowship
by Michael J. Healey
photos by Maria Bastone
(From Catholic Near East April 1992)
Traveling “without a portfolio,” John Cardinal O’Connnor bridges interfaith barriers in the Middle East.

Title Searches
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East January 1991)
To whom does the Holy Land belong?

What’s Right?
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East July 1991)
Let us recall the Judeo-Christian roots of our inalienable rights.

The World of Islam
by Brother Austin David Carroll, F.S.C.
photos by Tom Stevens
(From Catholic Near East October 1991)
With the world’s current focus on the turbulent Middle East, the author discusses its predominant faith.

Peace in the Middle East: The U.S. Bishops’ Statement
by Archbishop Roger M. Mahony
(From Catholic Near East January 1990)
Archbishop Mahoney discusses the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ statement, “Toward Peace in the Middle East: Perspectives, Principles and Hopes.”

Love, Liberty and Justice
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East January 1990)
In the wake of the U.S. Bishops’ statement, Toward Peace in the Middle East: Perspectives, Principles and Hopes, Msgr. Stern reflects on the search for justice and peace.

Search for Brotherhood in the Christian Near East
by Thomas McHugh
(From Catholic Near East September 1990)
During a visit to CNEWA, Armenian Apostolic Catholicos Karekin II, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, reflects on the status of Christianity in the Middle East.

The Most Sacred Treasure
by His Excellency, Archbishop Renato R. Martino
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
Statement of the Papal Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, regarding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, November 15, 1988.

Always Making Good News
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
For 40 years a unique papal mission has proclaimed the gospel through unfailing service in the lands of Jesus.

The Pontifical Mission for Palestine
by Brother Austin David, F.S.C.
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
Five popes have maintained a unique mission to serve the displaced people of the Middle East. The mission’s role has grown to meet new challenges.

The Pontifical Mission – for Palestine?
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
When it comes to those in need, we do not discriminate.

Travel, Truth and Trust
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East August 1989)
As U.S. bishops write a new policy statement for the Middle East, Msgr. Stern reflects on the desperate need for answers in that troubled part of the world.

Facing Facts in the Middle East
text and photos by Joseph Cornelius Donnelly
(From Catholic Near East October 1989)
A trip to the Middle East, to listen.

Spinning Magic With Silk: Palestinian Embroidery
by Caroline Stone
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1985)
Often passed from mother to daughter, the art of embroidery remains a mainstay of the tapestry that is Palestinian culture.

Issues
by Elias D. Mallon, S.A., Ph.D.
(From ONE March 2012)
Religious minorities in the Middle East

The Story Behind the Veils
by Caroline Stone
photos by Leon V. Kofod
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1982)
The ancient practice of wearing a veil survives in many cultures.

Karagoz: Turkey’s Puppet Theater
by Sister Francis Maria Cassidy, S.C.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1980)
For centuries, Muslims in Turkey have used shadow puppet theater as part of their celebrations.

Focus
by John E. Kozar
(From ONE May 2012)
Images from the world of CNEWA

The High Stakes of Leaving
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE May 2012)
Ethiopian migrants risk their lives for a better one in the Middle East

from News

Pope Prays for Peace on Easter
Catholic News Service (26 April 2011)
In an Easter blessing to the world, Pope Benedict XVI prayed that Christ’s resurrection may open paths of “freedom, justice and peace” for troubled populations of the Middle East and Africa.

Archbishop Joins Peace Vigil at Michigan Mosque
Catholic News Service (27 April 2011)
Saying he came as a “voice of peace,” Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron joined hundreds of religious leaders at a Holy Thursday vigil outside an Islamic center to condemn intolerance and hatred toward Muslims.

An Easter Message of Peace From Jerusalem
Catholic News Service (21 April 2011)
In their joint Easter message, the heads of Christian churches of Jerusalem turned their attention to the unrest in the Middle East, noting the need to respect the rights of the minorities in the region.

Vatican-Israeli Commission Progress
Catholic News Service (17 June 2011)
The Vatican and Israel said they made good progress on financial and fiscal issues in a top–level meeting at the Vatican.

Pope Calls for Reform in Syria
Catholic News Service (10 June 2011)
The civilian unrest ripping through Syria and other Arab countries is a sign that people want a better future, Pope Benedict XVI told Syria’s new ambassador to the Vatican.

Pope Meets With Biden and Abbas
Catholic News Service (3 June 2011)
Pope Benedict XVI met with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in an unannounced visit June 3.

Pope Calls for Peace in North Africa, Middle East
Catholic News Service (27 June 2011)
Pope Benedict XVI called for emergency assistance to thousands of people fleeing the violence and civil strife in North Africa and the Middle East, and he appealed to nations to explore “every possible form of mediation” to bring an end to the conflicts.

Israeli Ambassador Praises Pius XII
Catholic News Service (29 June 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican caused a controversy when he made unusually positive comments about Pope Pius XII’s role in efforts to save Jews during World War II. Days later, he modified his position to say that his comments were personal and historically premature.

Coptic Patriarch Fearful, yet Hopeful for Egypt’s Future
Catholic News Service (11 August 2011)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — In the wake of the revolution that toppled Egypt’s authoritarian government last winter, the country’s Christians remain fearful, yet hopeful, said Cardinal Antonios Naguib, patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church

Knights of the Holy Sepculchre Welcome New Leader
Catholic News Service (16 September 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Officials at the Vatican headquarters of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepculchre of Jerusalem welcomed U.S. Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien as their new pro-grand master.

Caritas Arrives in Eastern Turkey After Quake
Catholic News Service (25 October 2011)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — A team from Caritas offices in Turkey was headed east to assess needs in the region hit by the Oct. 23 earthquake.

Time to Give Iraq a Chance to ‘Function Independently’
Catholic News Service (9 December 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Over the past nine years in Iraq, the sacrifice of the U.S. military “and our nation as a whole has been tremendous,” Army chaplain Father Joel Panzer said, and soldiers in general feel “it’s time for us to leave” to give the nation the impetus “to function independently.”

Arab Spring Opens New Era
Catholic News Service (9 December 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — What turned out to be a yearlong Arab Spring of grass-roots uprisings in 2011 left several countries with new leadership and a death toll in the tens of thousands, most from a full-scale civil war in Libya.

Vatican Middle East Advocate Dies
Catholic News Service (12 December 2011)
DARBY, Pa. (CNS) — U.S. Cardinal John P. Foley, who spent more than two decades leading the church’s social communications council and later worked for the church in the Middle East, died Dec. 11 after a battle with leukemia.

Pope Remembers Cardinal Foley
Catholic News Service (13 December 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI said he hoped the legacy of the late Cardinal John P. Foley would inspire others to make the Gospel known through mass media.

Catholic Press Remembers Cardinal Foley
Catholic News Service (15 December 2011)
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — U.S. Cardinal John P. Foley, longtime Catholic journalist and advocate of Catholic communication, was being fondly remembered after his Dec. 11 death as a friend to the Catholic press around the world.

Midnight Masses in Iraq Cancelled
Catholic News Service (22 December 2011)
LONDON (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic officials have canceled traditional Christmas Eve midnight Masses because of security risks.

Msgr. Kozar Uplifted by Faith of Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (29 December 2011)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Christians in the Middle East show “overwhelming faith,” but many also express fear, said the president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

Vatican Diplomat Attends Syria Summit
Catholic News Service (27 February 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican diplomat attended an international summit seeking an end to Syria’s yearlong civil war.

Turkey Consults Christians on Constitution
Catholic News Service (5 March 2012)
ROME (CNS) — A Catholic archbishop welcomed a Turkish government decision to consult Christian leaders on a new constitution.

Religious Leaders Call for Peace in Mideast
Catholic News Service (5 March 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Calling efforts toward an Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace “more, not less, urgent,” a group of Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders warned candidates for political office “not to use any rhetoric that could make prospects for peace more problematic.”

Caritas Shelters Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (7 March 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Church aid workers scrambled to find housing for hundreds of Syrian refugees who have fled to neighboring Lebanon because of ongoing violence between Syrian forces and armed rebels.

Pope Addresses Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (7 March 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians in the Middle East not to lose hope despite the serious difficulties they face.

U.S. Bishops on Middle East Violence
Catholic News Service (15 March 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Citing continuing conflict in the Middle East, the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee reiterated its support for the region’s bishops and all people of faith, urging them to stand against violence even in the face of hostility and aggression.

Pope to Visit Lebanon in September
Catholic News Service (9 April 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will visit Lebanon Sept. 14-16, Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai announced during Easter Mass at the patriarchal seat in Bkerke, Lebanon.

Church in Gulf States
web news (30 April 2012)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — The bishop overseeing the church in southern Arabia predicted Catholic life will remain safe in most Gulf states despite threatened new restrictions in Kuwait.

Save Syria, Urges Melkite Patriarch of Damascus
Catholic News Service (23 May 2012)
Syria’s 2.5 million Christians are being pushed into an exodus from the country out of fear of chaos and crime, said Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham of Damascus.

Egypt’s Christians Vote in Historic Election
Catholic News Service (31 May 2012)
CAIRO (CNS) — Egyptian Christians voting in their nation’s historic presidential election were throwing much of their support behind candidates who aimed to check the power of the Islamist parties.

Bishop From Iraq Pleads for Support
Catholic News Service (15 June 2012)
ATLANTA (CNS) — Making an impassioned plea on behalf of Iraq’s dwindling Christian population, Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad called upon the U.S. bishops to press the Obama administration to take steps to protect religious rights in the Middle Eastern country.

Pope Renews Appeal for Peace in Syria
Catholic News Service (30 July 2012)
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI renewed his appeal for peace in Syria and humanitarian assistance for civilians threatened by the ongoing fighting or seeking refuge far from home.

Nun Condemns Violence in Syria Assad’s Regime
Catholic News Service (17 August 2012)
DUBLIN (CNS) — A Carmelite nun said the armed insurrection in Syria is “producing a totalitarianism that is worse” than that of Bashar Assad’s regime.

Pope Transfers Nuncio From Australia to Israel
Catholic News Service (21 August 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, the former nuncio to Australia, to be the new nuncio to Israel and apostolic delegate in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories.

Christian-Muslim Leaders in Lebanon Call For Security
Catholic News Service (26 September 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Christian and Muslim leaders in Lebanon called for the formation of a legal committee to protect all religions.

Christmas Stamp Depicts Holy Family in Egypt
Catholic News Service (12 October 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Postal Service Oct. 10 released a Christmas stamp featuring an image of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt.

Pope Sends $1 Million in Aid for Syria
Catholic News Service (8 November 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Instability and increasing violence in Syria have prompted Pope Benedict XVI to cancel the planned visit to the war-torn nation by a delegation of cardinals and bishops.

Bishop Calls on U.S. to Defuse Israeli-Palestinian Tensions
Catholic News Service (13 November 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a Nov. 8 letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace took both Israel and Palestine to task for actions that he said undermined the possibility of a two-state solution in the Holy Land.

Syrian Refugee Crisis
Catholic News Service (13 November 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Representatives of 26 humanitarian agencies gathered in Beirut to discuss and coordinate efforts to address the increasing Syrian refugee crisis. Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, who visited with Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, presided over the Nov. 9 meeting.

Pope Condemns Gaza Conflict
Catholic News Service (26 November 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI condemned escalating hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians, saying hatred and violence are never an appropriate solution to problems.

Syrian Refugees in Turkey
Catholic News Service (21 November 2012)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Michel George Sarkisiyan is behind on the rent for the one-bedroom apartment he shares with his wife and 8-year-old daughter, Magdalena.

Vatican on Saudi-backed Interfaith Center
Catholic News Service (27 November 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A new Saudi-backed interfaith center will provide an opportunity for the church to promote religious freedom for Christians and others around the world, said the head of the Vatican's office for interreligious dialogue.

Vatican Praises UN Vote on Palestine
Catholic News Service (5 December 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican praised a United Nations vote making Palestine a non-member observer state but called for full recognition of Palestinian sovereignty as necessary for peace in the region.

Palestinians Celebrate UN Vote
Catholic News Service (5 December 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — In the West Bank, church bells rang at the midnight announcement that the U.N. General Assembly had voted to grant Palestinians observer status.

Jerusalem Patriarch Discusses ‘Many Concerns”
Catholic News Service (20 December 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Jerusalem’s Latin patriarch said church leaders are “perplexed” by the complex situation in the Middle East.

Visiting Bishops Note Strain on Mideast
Catholic News Service (10 January 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Bishops who traveled to the Holy Land to assess the local church’s needs noted the “profound anxiety” that the “dark and dramatic events” of the past year have caused in the region.

Latin Patriarch Congratulates Pope Francis
Catholic News Service (14 March 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal commended Pope Francis on his election with the traditional Arabic greeting of “Alf mabrouk,” or “1,000 congratulations.”

Easter: Mideast Church Leaders Pray for Peace in Syria
Catholic News Service (1 April 2013)
BEIRUT (CNS) — In Easter messages, Catholic patriarchs in the Middle East highlighted the need for an end to the war in Syria, now entering its third year.

Floods, Rain Threaten to Complicate Christmas in Gaza
Catholic News Service (19 December 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The snowstorms and torrential rain that battered the Mideast in mid-December threatened to make this Christmas season an especially difficult one for Christians in Gaza.

Religious Leaders Pledge to Protect Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (9 May 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Close to 200 ordained and lay religious leaders have signed a pledge to commit themselves and the United States to protect Christians in Iraq, Syria and Egypt, who they say are coming under fire for their faith.

Pope Says His Holy Land Trip Will Be ‘Strictly Religious’
Catholic News Service (22 May 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Asking prayers for his 24-26 May trip to the Holy Land, Pope Francis said his visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories would be “strictly religious.”

Maronite Bishops: Middle East Turmoil Threatens to Change Regional Map
Catholic News Service (24 June 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Catholic bishops expressed their concern about the war in Syria and Iraq and warned that Lebanon’s presidential vacuum poses a dangerous risk to the country, particularly amid the escalating regional turmoil that they said threatens to change the map of the Middle East.

Force Alone Cannot Stop ‘Religious Cleansing’ in Middle East, Custos Says
Catholic News Service (25 August 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Although Christians, Muslims and Jews have struggled for hundreds of years to live peacefully alongside each other in the Middle East, “we have never seen the kind of ‘religious cleansing’ we are witnessing today,” said the head of the region’s Franciscans.

Follow the Money: Cardinal Says ISIS Conflict Is Not About Religion
Catholic News Service (10 September 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The conflict in which Islamic State fighters are driving out Christians and other minorities must not be seen as a war between Islam and Christianity, said the head of the Vatican Congregation for Eastern Churches.

Pope: War Is Madness, Indifference a Sin
Catholic News Service (15 September 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When will people ever learn that war is madness and conflicts are only resolved by forgiveness, Pope Francis asked.

Pope Tells Mideast, African Refugees Wars That Caused Flight Must End
Catholic News Service (30 November 2014)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Pope Francis met with young refugees from civil wars in Syria and Iraq, a few hours after joining Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to denounce the plight of Christians there.

In Middle East, a Year of Upheaval Leaves Millions Suffering
Catholic News Service (18 December 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The story of the Middle East in 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers, and the rise of a new group one scholar referred to as “Al Qaeda on steroids.”

Cardinal: Stability in Middle East Must Include Israel, Palestine
Catholic News Service (30 April 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Peace in the Middle East will need an abundant flow of mercy, without which pockets of “power gone mad,” such as Islamic State, “will multiply,” warned Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

Vatican: Middle East’s Future Depends on Dialogue, Christians
Catholic News Service (5 May 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The future of the Middle East will depend on nations coming together to promote dialogue and development in the region and on local Christians staying active in society and politics, a top Vatican official said.

New Catholic Church Opens in United Arab Emirates
Catholic News Service (12 June 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A new Catholic church has opened in the United Arab Emirates. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, traveled to the capital, Abu Dhabi, to celebrate the inaugural Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on 12 June. The church was built on land granted by the municipality.

Panelists Seek Genocide Declaration Over Islamic State Atrocities
Catholic News Service (10 September 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Some panelists at a 9 September forum on Islamic State atrocities want the United States and United Nations to declare the Islamic State’s actions in the Middle East a genocide.

More Must Be Done to Help Middle East Christians, Say Speakers
Catholic News Service (14 September 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — More must be done to help the beleaguered Christians of the Middle East, said speakers at an 11 September dinner marking the end of the In Defense of Christians convention in Washington.

Pope, Synod Join in Prayers for Peace in Middle East
Catholic News Service (9 October 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Gathered with a worldwide representation of bishops, including patriarchs and other bishops from the Middle East, Pope Francis dedicated the morning prayer of the Synod of Bishops on the family to pleas for peace in the Middle East.

from Blog Content

Church Car-Bombed in Kirkuk, Iraq
Another church has been attacked in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The bombing comes less than two weeks after a Catholic and an evangelical church were targeted.

A Taste of Taybeh

Picture of the Day: A Life of Service
A novice at the Transfiguration Convent in Tbilisi, Georgia, helps to care for a former nun who is now a resident in the hospice run by the sisters. (photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

Picture of the Day: A Saint Without Borders in Lebanon
Pilgrims from around the world pray to the saint and request his intercession. (photo: Sarah Hunter)

Jerusalem Christian Churches Issue Communiqué
Father Elias Mallon provides a brief description of the rocky political landscape that lay ahead of Palestine in its bid for statehood.

Knights of the Holy Sepulchre Welcome New Leader
Officials at the Vatican headquarters of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepculchre of Jerusalem welcomed U.S. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien as their new pro-grand master.

Another Perspective on Palestine and the U.N.
Rev. Elias Mallon discusses the current status of Palestine's bid for statehood and the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian peace process.

Picture of the Day: A Syrian Mosaic
The Melkite Greek Catholic Warood School enrolls 350 students from preschool through sixth grade. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

A Roundup on the Patriarch and the Press
A collection of articles concerning Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai's visit to the CNEWA headquarters.

Picture of the Day: Armenians in Syria
An Armenian village in Kessab, Syria, taken in 1997. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: Seminarians in the Holy Land
Seminarian Sleiman Hassan, 24, from Fuhais, Jordan, prays after lighting a candle before mass in St. Joseph Parish in Jifna, West Bank. (photo: Debbie Hill)

Picture of the Day: Pray for Syria
woman prays at a Syrian Orthodox church in Aleppo, Syria. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: Their Home
Five-year-old Alexi, a member of the mostly Filipino Sacred Heart Latin Catholic parish in Amman, Jordan, loves to dance. (photo: Tanya Habjouqa)

Journey to the Holy Land: Arriving in Lebanon
Msgr. John Kozar shares his impressions and thoughts on his maiden visit to the Middle East as CNEWA's president.

Journey to the Holy Land: Light and Life in Lebanon
Msgr. John Kozar reports on the events of the second day of his pastoral visit to the Middle East.

Picture of the Day: A Gentle Giant
Michael J. L. La Civita reflects on the life of Cardinal John Patrick Foley.

Journey to the Holy Land: Jordan, the Real Deal
Msgr. Kozar reports on the further developments of his pastoral visit to the Middle East: Mt Nebo, Madaba, and more!

Journey to the Holy Land: On To Galilee
Msgr. Kozar reports on his pastoral visit to the Middle East: after concluding the Jordanian leg of the journey, he and Father Guido travel to Israel.

Journey to the Holy Land: First Day in Jerusalem
Msgr. Kozar reports on his pastoral visit to the Middle East, sharing his experiences in Jerusalem.

Picture of the Day: Remembering Christians in the Middle East
A woman waits for healthcare in Palestine. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Debunking the "Myths About Anti-Christian Persecution"
A couple weeks ago, Pope Benedict XVI turned his attention to the subject of religious freedom.

Picture of the Day: One Year Later
demonstrator holds up a crucifix and a Quran during a protest at Tahrir square in Cairo yesterday.

Picture of the Day: Christians in the Muslim World
There are only some 3,000 Christians in Gaza, of which a little more than 200 are Catholic. (photo: CNS/Paul Jeffrey)

"War on Christians"?
CNEWA Vice President Michael J. La Civita critiques a recent Newsweek cover story on violence against Christians.

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: Quenching the Thirst for Life in Lebanon
Hana Habshi sits in the unfinished St. Charbel's Maronite Catholic Church in the village of Deir El Ahmar, Lebanon. (photo: Laura Boushnak)

Picture of the Day: Syria Before the Turmoil
Maaloula the last remaining village in Syria where Aramaic is still spoken. The majority of the population are Christian. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: The Lenten Season Begins
A procession during Holy Week in Jerusalem taken in 1988. (photo: Paul Souders)

Picture of the Day: Syria's Christians
In Syria, a group of men in the Christian village of Al Meshtayeh socialize over a board game. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Peace, Justice and Forgiveness
The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, at a conference in Washington, D.C., a few days ago.

Picture of the Day: Praying in the Holy Land
A man prays in a Coptic shrine behind the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. (photo: Gabriel Delmonaco)

Picture of the Day: Dynamic Sisters of Jordan
A sister treats a patient at the Mother of Mercy Clinic in Zerqa, Jordan. (photo: Nader Daoud)

Picture of the Day: On the Road in Petra
A young Bedouin traveling by donkey through the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Picture of the Day: Beacons of Light in Iraq
From left, CNEWA President Msgr. John Kozar, Dominican Sister Maria Hanna and CNEWA Regional Director for Jordan and Iraq Ra’ed Bahou gather with Dominican Sisters outside the Mother of Mercy Clinic in Jordan. (photo: CNEWA)

Picture of the Day: Syria's Valley of Christians
In this photo taken in 2010, a farmer rides through Wadi al Nasarah (Arabic for Valley of Christians), near Homs. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Holy Thursday Collection to aid Syrian Refugees
Pope Benedict XVI has decided the collection taken up at his Holy Thursday evening Mass will be used to offer humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.

Picture of the Day: Palms in Jerusalem
In this photo taken in 1988, a woman reflects prayerfully in Jeruaslem on Palm Sunday. (photo: Paul Souders

Picture of the Day: A Christian Village
A retired priest sits near a painting of St. Lawrence at the Beit Afram home for the elderly in Taybeh. (photo: Rich Wiles)

Picture of the Day: Melkites Find Beauty in Brazil
Archbishop Fares meets with families after baptisms at Our Lady of Paradise Cathedral in São Paulo. (photo: Izan Petterle)

Emergency Aid for Syrian Refugees
After more than one year of unrest, the ongoing political crisis in Syria has caused tens of thousands to be caught in the crossfire between government and opposition forces.

Picture of the Day: Learning in Lebanon
In this photo taken in 2008, children engage with their teacher at St. Charles School in eastern Beirut, Lebanon. (photo: Sarah Hunter )

Picture of the Day: A Wall Divides Them
In this unpublished photo from 2004, a Palestinian mother and child await passage through the Israeli security barrier near the Arab village of Bethany. (photo: Kevin Unger)

An Uncomfortable Reality
ONE contributor Peter Lemieux recounts a disquieting interview, conducted while reporting on the migration of young Ethiopian women to the Middle East.

Picture of the Day: A Church Restored
A man makes an icon at the Immaculate Conception Church in Jordan, which is undergoing major restoration sponsored by CNEWA. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Take Five: Five Places You May Find CNEWA
Melodie Gabriel, of the CNEWA Canada office, describes 5 regions where CNEWA works in this week's "Take Five."

Take Five: 5 Words From CNEWA’s World
Mosques and churches dot the Soulimanya neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria.

Picture of the Day: Encountering Tradition in Jordan
Parishioners gather outside the Immaculate Conception Church in Smakieh, Jordan. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Picture of the Day: "Music is the Harmony of Differences"
Bedouin men perform at a restaurant in Amman, Jordan. (photo: Greg Tarczynksi)

Picture of the Day: The Syriac Orthodox Church
Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the Holy Land. (photo: John E. Kozar)

What is CNEWA? [VIDEO]
A video that takes a look at some of the people and places CNEWA serves.

Picture of the Day: Students Reaching for the Top in Lebanon
dents play at St. Charles School in Achrafieh located in east Beirut. (photo: Sarah Hunter)

Take Five: 5 Things to Know About Syria
Satellite dishes cover the rooftops of homes in Aleppo, Syria. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

Take Five: 5 Recipes from CNEWA's World
Five recipes unique to the regions and cultures in "CNEWA's World."

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Stories of interest for 8/6/12

Vatican: Pope Visit to Lebanon Still on Schedule
The crisis in Syria hasn't changed plans for the papal trip, according to the Holy See.

Picture of the Day: Building a Brighter Future in Egypt
A resident of a home for girls, run by the Verbo Encarnado (Incarnate Word) Congregation in Alexandria's Dekhela neighborhood, hugs a sister from the congregation. (photo: Mohammed El-Dakhakhny)

Picture of the Day: Caring for Mother and Child
Women and their children sign in at the lobby of the Mother of Mercy Clinic in Zerqa, Jordan. (photo: Greg Tarczynski)

Picture of the Day: Syria's Women and Children in Crisis
Young Syrian refugees walk through a camp in Anbar province west of Baghdad, Iraq, 19 August. (photo: CNS/Ali al-Mashhadani, Reuters)

Picture of the Day: "We are Here to Help"
The Italian Hospital in Kerak, Jordan, is run by the Comboni Sisters. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Page One: Headlines for 9/14/12
Stories of interest for the day.

Messenger of Peace: Communion and Love
Msgr. John Kozar reports on the events of his trip to Lebanon for the pope's pastoral visit.

"Charity is the Language That Everybody Can Understand"
CNEWA received a visit today from His Beatitude, Archbishop Foaud Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

"It's Worth It to Seek Some Kind of Unity"
CNEWA's Msgr. John Kozar was in Canada last week for the meeting the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Traveling “Across” Canada
September has been a busy month for CNEWA Canada.

Page One: Headlines for 10/5/12
Stories of interest for the day.

Take Five: 5 Ideas in the Apostolic Exhortation
Pope Benedict XVI had a lot to say to the people of the Middle East on a wide range of topics.

Is There Room for Christians in the Middle East?
CNEWA's Michael J. La Civita recently gave a speech on religious minorities and social movements in the Middle East.

Picture of the Day: Building Libraries in the Middle East
The Pontifical Mission promotes education by supporting community libraries.

Picture of the Day: Shock in Lebanon
A woman is helped by a Lebanese soldier following an explosion in central Beirut on 19 October.

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Stories of interest for the day.

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Death of a Father in Faith
The CNEWA family learned today of the death of one of its primary partners in the Middle East, Patriarch Ignatius IV of the Orthodox Patriarchal Church of Antioch.

Page One: Headlines for 12/7/12
Stories of interest for the day.

Hope for Refugees
My colleague Antin and I travelled to the city of Toronto last month to attend the 2nd National Catholic Conference on Resettlement.

Picture of the Day: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
Christians yesterday marked the Solemnity of the Epiphany.

Page One: Headlines for 1/23/13
Stories of interest for the day.

CNEWA in the News
A roundup of CNEWA's recent media coverage.

Picture of the Day: The Pope at Prayer in the Holy Land
Pope Benedict XVI prays at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in the Old City of Jerusalem on 12 May 2009. (photo: CNS/Catholic Press Photo)

Page One: Headlines for 3/15/13
Stories of interest for the day.

"Our Concern Is for All the People Caught in the Middle"
Catholic News Agency profiled some of the urgent work CNEWA is doing right now, particularly in the Middle East.

"The Faithful Are Desperate for a Sign of Hope"
CNEWA President Msgr. John E. Kozar discusses the churches and people of the Middle East, and asks that we all consider sharing a sign of hope.

Picture of the Day: Holy Week Prayers
In this image from Holy Week in 2009, Christians pray at the Stone of Unction, believed to be the place where the body of Jesus was prepared for burial, in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. (photo: CNS/Yannis Behrakis, Reuters)

A Visit With the “Golden Lions” in Atlanta
CNEWA's Bob Pape visits the Golden Lions of St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta to discuss Christians in the Middle East.

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Picture of the Day: Divided Land
The Rev. Firas Aridah was a pastor in the village of Aboud for 6 years. Over 1,600 acres of Aboud’s land were confiscated by the Israeli occupation for construction of settlements and separation wall. (photo: Rich Wiles)

The Courage to Tell the Truth
Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal spoke about the situation in the Holy Land while visiting the CNEWA New York office.

Page One: Headlines for 7/10/14
Stories of interest for the day.

Speaking Truth to Power
On 8 July 2014, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land issued a statement decrying the escalating violence following the murder of four teens.

The “Powder Keg” of the Middle East
This week in Our Sunday Visitor, CNEWA’s Communications Director Michael J.L. La Civita offers some thoughts on the explosive crisis of the Middle East.

CNEWA on the Radio
CNEWA’s Communications Director Michael J.L. LaCivita will be on Relevant Radio later today to discuss the worsening crisis for Christians in the region.

Is the Middle East Unraveling?
Michael J.L. La Civita discusses the wave of violence that seems to be overwhelming the Middle East.

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Journey to Jordan:
Celebrating Easter Among Muslims and Melkites

Deacon Greg Kandra reports from his trip to Amman.

CNEWA Rushes Aid to Middle East Christians
The president of CNEWA, Msgr. John E. Kozar, has authorized the immediate release of $686,000 to assist the Christian community in the Middle East as part of CNEWA’s ongoing commitment to the region’s churches...

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Journey to Jordan: “This Is the Land of the Sunrise of Faith”
Deacon Greg Kandra reports from his trip to Amman.

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Picture of the Day: Solidarity With Syria
Nina Moshy, left, and Rosemary Yachouh stand in front of the Ryerson Student Centre in Toronto to spread awareness about the plight of Syrian refugees. (photo: Jean Ko Din/Catholic Register)

Life Among the Refugees in Jordan
Writer Jennifer Tomshack at the Vision Vocation Network traveled recently to Jordan .

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Stories of interest for the day.

A Death in Saudi Arabia Underscores Divide
Between Shiite and Sunni Muslims

The year 2015 was filled with violence and bloodshed in the Middle East.

The Face of CNEWA
Deacon Greg Kandra writes in from California, where he and Chris Kennedy visited a longtime donor.

CNEWA Visits Connecticut
Saturday morning, CNEWA paid a visit to the Archdiocese of Hartford. We dropped by the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut to speak to deacons and their wives about the ongoing crisis in the Middle East...

How Will U.S. Policy Affect
Middle East's Christians in 2017?

A wide variety of issues, both domestic and foreign, have been raised during the presidential transition.

Middle East Christian Refugees:
What Are the Facts?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about Christian refugees in the Middle East.

Picture of the Day: Healthy and Happy
A child receives a checkup at a clinic run by the Near East Council of Churches in Shajaia, a neighborhood of Gaza City. (photo: Tamara Abdul Hadi)

from CNEWA Connections


(From CNEWA Connections NOVEMBER 2012)