from ONE

To Be a Priest in the Holy Land
text by Michele Chabin
(From ONE magazine March 2011)
Arab Catholics pursue their call to priesthood

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

perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine March 2009)
Peaceful Principles

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

Through the Looking Glass
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2002)
A mirror image of violence and injustice.

Pontifical Mission at 50: Bethlehem
prepared by CNEWA staff
photographs: courtesy CNEWA-PMP, Jerusalem
(From Catholic Near East January – February 2000)
Palestinians gather in the “little town of Bethlehem” to observe 50 years of the Holy See’s love and concern for Palestine.

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.

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 Pontifical Mission’s Pontifical Mission
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1999)
Msgr. Stern reflects on the extraordinary mission of the Pontifical Mission.

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.

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.

The Miracle of Ephpheta
text by George Martin
photographs by Miriam Sushman
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1996)
With the help of some dedicated sisters, the deaf are taught to speak at Paul VI Ephpheta Institute in Bethlehem.

A Man for All Seasons
by Peg Maron
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1995)
The first few turbulent but productive years of Msgr. Joseph T. Ryan’s tenure as President of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine and Secretary of CNEWA.

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.

On Fire for the Cause of Christ
by Brother Austin David Carroll, F.S.C.
photos: CNEWA Archives, Graymoor, NY
(From Catholic Near East November 1993)
A tribute to Msgr. Thomas J. McMahon, National Secretary of CNEWA (1943-1955) and first President of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine.

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

Early Christianity in the Holy Land: An Emerging View
by Father Michele Piccirillo, O.F.M., Ph.D.
(From Catholic Near East September 1990)
Extracts from a lecture delivered at the United Nations May 7 by Father Michele Piccirillo of the Franciscan Biblical Institute.

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.

Letter from Archbishop Pio Laghi
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)

Pope addresses funding agencies
(From Catholic Near East August 1989)

Serving the People of the Holy Land
by Brother Austin David, F.S.C.
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1988)
CNEWA and the Pontifical Mission for Palestine have been caring for the needs of suffering Palestinians since 1949.

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.

Rejoicing in Bethlehem
by Monsignor John G. Nolan
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1987)
Reflections on 25 years of journeying to the Church of the Nativity at Christmas to celebrate Midnight Mass.

Oil Worthy of the Bible
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1987)
Each autumn, the harvest from gnarled olive trees yields one of life’s simple luxuries, olive oil.

Life Grows From the Land
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1987)
The daily routine of native farmers of the Holy Land has remained unchanged for centuries.

In the House of Our Father
by a Discalced Carmelite Nun
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1986)
For hundreds of years, a community of Carmelite nuns have lived a cloistered life of prayer.

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.

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.

The Silent Survivor
by Rev. Howard Curtis, O.C.S.U.
photos by Maria Homberg
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1984)
In a war-torn region, the Trappist Monks of Latroun are a one-of-a-kind community.

Sinai: A Great and Terrible Wilderness
by Peggy Haymes
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1983)
The peninsula known as the Sinai is a timeless site of Christian history.

Origins: Carmelite Roots in the Holy Land
by Fergus Lickteig, O. Carm.
photos: The Carmelite Fathers
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1981)
With roots going back to the Old Testament prophet Elijah, Carmelites trace their spiritual origin to Mount Carmel in the Holy Land.

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

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.)

The Unchanging Land of Christ
by A.V. Crawford
photos by Rev. Leon V. Kofod
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1978)
Reflections on the land chosen by God for his Son.

from News

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.

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.

Franciscan: Middle East Christians Must Be Open
Catholic News Service (25 August 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians in the Middle East should not live in fear of the changes happening across the region but should act with courage to denounce situations of injustice and with a Christian attitude of willingness to dialogue, said the head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

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.

Vatican Calls for ‘Courageous’ U.N. Decision on Palestine
Catholic News Service (29 September 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Addressing the United Nations, a Vatican representative called for “courageous decisions” toward the two-state solution for the Holy Land after Palestinian leaders requested full U.N. membership for the Palestinian state.

Pope Meets Israeli Religious Leaders
Catholic News Service (10 November 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Dialogue is essential for religious leaders in the Holy Land, “a place full of memories sacred to our traditions,” but a place that each day faces challenges to living together in harmony, Pope Benedict XVI told religious leaders from Israel.

UNESCO Considers Bethlehem
Catholic News Service (21 November 2011)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Palestinians are hopeful that UNESCO will recognize the city of Bethlehem as the first Palestinian World Heritage Site, but Franciscans in charge of the city’s holy places say they do not want them included in the classification.

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.

Palestinians Post Stories on Separation Barrier
Catholic News Service (16 December 2011)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Sylvana Giacaman, 54, is giving herself a different kind of gift for Christmas: She is allowing her photo and a personal story to be posted on the Israeli separation wall.

Cardinal Foley’s Funeral
Catholic News Service (16 December 2011)
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Philadelphia Catholics who filled the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul Dec. 16 for the funeral Mass of Cardinal John P. Foley were consoled for the “death in the family” and urged to emulate the prelate known for his sense of humor, intellect and strong faith.

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.

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.

Bishops Concerned About Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (11 January 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Almost a year after the eruption of the Arab Spring uprisings, the Middle East is a place of hope and fear for Christians, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz.

Video: Vatican Meets With Palestinian Authority
Catholic News Service (30 January 2012)
Vatican and PLO leaders meet to discuss the church in the Holy Land, Pope Benedict releases doves for peace, and a Vatican official talks about priests’ attitudes during confession.

Vatican Meets With Palestinian Authority (Vatican Information Service)
web news (30 January 2012)
30 Jan 2012 – VATICAN CITY (VIS) – Made public today was a joint communique on a bilateral meeting between the Holy See and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, held in Ramallah on 28 January. The text of the English-language communique is given below.

Vatican Continues Talks With Palestinian Authority
Catholic News Service (31 January 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization are continuing talks aimed at a formal agreement regulating and promoting the presence and activity of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian territories.

Jerusalem’s Patriarch on Peace in Holy Land
Catholic News Service (1 March 2012)
Peace in the Holy Land will come only when all parties embrace justice and forgiveness and sacrifice for the good of all people, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem said during a program at the United States Institute of Peace.

Vatican Letter to Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (2 March 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Tension, hostility and even violence are the “daily bread” of many of the Christian communities living in the biblical lands of the Middle East, said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

VIDEO: “Holy Land Tour Part I”
Catholic News Service (2 March 2012)
In part one of a three-part series on the Holy Land, Catholic New Service visits Galilee, Israel, where Jesus ministered.

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.

CNEWA Benefactor, George Doty, Dies at 94
Catholic News Service (27 April 2012)
RYE, N.Y. (CNS) — Catholic philanthropist George Doty, a member of the Knights of Malta, died April 24 in New York at age 94. No cause of death was given.

Holy See Has Not Changed Position on East Jerusalem
web news (12 June 2012)
Vatican Radio interviews Msgr. Ettore Balestrero, the Holy See’s under secretary for relations with states, about the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel.

Vatican Will Not Recognize Israeli Occupation
Catholic News Service (13 June 2012)
ROME (CNS) — An eventual agreement between Israel and the Vatican over property taxes and property rights in no way will imply that the Vatican recognizes Israel’s claims over East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a top Vatican official said.

Christian Exodus from Middle East
Catholic News Service (20 June 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic leaders warned about the dangers of a continued exodus of Christians from the Middle East during a Christian-Muslim dialogue meeting in a Beirut mosque.

Maronites in Israel Learn Aramaic
Catholic News Service (25 June 2012)
JISH, Israel (CNS) — Aramaic language classes begun four years ago at Jish Elementary School have changed the way youngsters experience the weekly liturgy.

UNESCO Adds Church of Nativity to List
Catholic News Service (2 July 2012)
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (CNS) — UNESCO has placed sites — including the Church of the Nativity — in Bethlehem, West Bank, on its list of World Heritage in Danger.

Nuncio Cautious about Church’s Designation as World Heritage Site
Catholic News Service (5 July 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The designation of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity as a UNESCO World Heritage site complicates relations between the three churches that oversee the holy site as well as relations between the Israeli and Palestinian communities, said a church official.

Yad Vashem Moderates Text Regarding Pope Pius XII’s Actions with Nazis
Catholic News Service (5 July 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — New text in an exhibit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial offers a less-critical assessment of the actions of Pope Pius XII in dealing with the Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II.

Video: “First Take: Vatican”
Catholic News Service (12 July 2012)
Pope Benedict XVI addresses an inter-faith orchestra of Israeli and Arab musicians following a concert in his honor on 11 July.

Pope Attends Interreligious Concert
Catholic News Service (12 July 2012)
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — Just as individual musicians in an orchestra turn dissonance into harmony through hard work, sacrifice and listening to one another, so, too, can the world’s people turn conflict into peace, said Pope Benedict XVI.

Across the Divide
Catholic News Service (18 July 2012)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Few conflicts in the modern era have proved as intractable as that pitting Israelis against Palestinians. One institution caught up in this clash has been the Holy Land’s Bethlehem University, a Catholic establishment open to students of all faiths.

Center in Bethlehem Treats Trauma Victims
Catholic News Service (31 July 2012)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Every week for the past month, when she has the money, Suha Alladin takes her 10-year-old son Mohammed, from their West Bank Village of Ma’asara to Bethlehem in a shared taxi.

Jerusalem Holy Site Dispute
Catholic News Service (8 November 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — A dispute over an unpaid water bill reportedly running to $2.3 million could threaten the daily functioning of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of Christendom’s most holy sites.

Video: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Catholic News Service (26 November 2012)
Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien, Grand Master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, previews his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Catholic News Service (27 November 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the eve of his first trip to the Holy Land as grand master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien said he hoped to encourage the region’s Christian minority with a message of solidarity from Pope Benedict XVI and other Catholics in the West.

Seminarians in the Holy Land
Catholic News Service (29 November 2012)
BEIT JALLA, West Bank (CNS) — After a morning of visits to Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity and a local Catholic parish, U.S. Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien was overcome with emotion during his meeting with seminarians at the Latin Patriarchate seminary.

Christmas in the Holy Land: Family and Community
Catholic News Service (18 December 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The simmering smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in Catholic parishes across the West Bank and Israel heralds the start of the Christmas season in early December as families prepare burbara, the special wheat pudding eaten to mark the feast day of St. Barbara, known as Eid al Burbara in Arabic.

Bethlehem Catholic Lives Christmas All Year
Catholic News Service (20 December 2012)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — A Bethlehem Franciscan said watching the actions of one of his parishioners reminds him of the meaning of his vocation.

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.”

Catholics Urged to Emulate Pope as Witnesses for Justice
Catholic News Service (18 March 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Echoing Pope Francis’ vision for the church, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land, encouraged Catholics to be witnesses for the poor and for justice in the world out of love for the crucified Christ.

In the Holy Land, World’s Christians Celebrate
Catholic News Service (25 March 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The winding road from the Mount of Olives to the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem was alive with music and song in many languages as global pilgrims joined local Christian Palestinians in the traditional Palm Sunday procession commemorating Jesus’ entry into the city.

Vatican Starts Construction on Family Center in Nazareth
Catholic News Service (17 April 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Construction should begin soon on a large guesthouse for families on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and an international center dedicated to promoting Catholic teaching on the family.

Jerusalem Church Leader Says Pope Will Visit in May
Catholic News Service (24 December 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Latin-rite Patriarch Faoud Twal of Jerusalem told reporters he expected to host Pope Francis on a visit to the Holy Land in May.

For Some Syrian Christian Refugees, Christmas a Sorrowful Time
Catholic News Service (26 December 2013)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Some Syrian Christian refugees taking shelter in neighboring Jordan did not have a happy Christmas, fearful for their uncertain future as the violent conflict in their homeland grinds on past 33 months with no end in sight.

Bethlehem Mayor: Pope’s May Trip ‘Represents Hope’
Catholic News Service (24 March 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Pope Francis’ “pilgrimage of prayer” is a revival of hope for the people of Bethlehem, said Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun.

Holy Land Catholic Leaders: Stop Speaking of Christian Persecution
Catholic News Service (4 April 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Repeated references to persecution of Christians, “usually referring only to what Christians suffer at the hands of criminals claiming to be Muslims, plays into the hands of extremists,” said Catholic leaders in the Holy Land.

In Holy Land, Pope Francis to Focus on Unity Without Ignoring Conflict
Catholic News Service (16 May 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On Pope Francis’ first trip to the Holy Land, May 24-26, his agenda will focus on the search for Christian unity, particularly between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. But inevitably, in a region so rich in history and so fraught with conflict, he will address other urgent issues, including dialogue with Jews and Muslims, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the plight of the Middle East’s shrinking Christian population.

Patriarch Will Discuss Middle East Christians With Pope
Catholic News Service (10 May 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople meets Pope Francis in Jerusalem on 25 May, one of their main discussion topics will be the “diminishing Christian minorities in the Middle East,” the patriarch told Catholic News Service.

Maronite Official: Patriarch’s Visit to Israel Not Political
Catholic News Service (21 May 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — A spokesman for the Maronite Catholic Church said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter, will welcome Pope Francis to the Holy Land as head of the largest Antiochian Catholic Church and will not be there “to legitimate any one’s political claims.”

Jordanian Prince Hopes Papal Visit Develops ‘Template of Hope’
Catholic News Service (21 May 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal expressed the desire to see “a template of hope” developed during Pope Francis’ 24-26 May visit to the Holy Land.

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.”

Struggle for Rights at Cenacle Shows Issues With Jerusalem Holy Sites
Catholic News Service (23 May 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The attention drawn to the Cenacle by extremist Jewish groups has put a damper on the hopes for negotiations over the site, said Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land.

Video: Carl Hétu on the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land
web news (28 May 2014)
Salt and Light TV invited Carl Hétu, National Director of CNEWA Canada, to comment on the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land 24-26 May.

Bethlehem Residents Look Forward to Papal Visit, Despite Inconveniences
Catholic News Service (23 May 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — A long line of cars trailed down the road next to the Church of the Nativity as Franciscan Father Ibrahim Faltas helped coordinate the placement of the electricity generator for the 25 May papal Mass.

Pope, Arriving in Holy Land, Calls for Religious Freedom in Middle East
Catholic News Service (24 May 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Pope Francis began a densely packed visit to the Holy Land with a call for religious freedom in the Middle East, including respect for the right to change one’s religion.

At Amman Mass, Pope Calls on Christians to Promote Peace
Catholic News Service (24 May 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Celebrating Mass on his first day in the Holy Land, Pope Francis said hope for peace in a region torn by sectarian conflicts comes from faith in God.

On Last Morning in Holy Land, Pope Reaches out to Muslims, Jews
Catholic News Service (26 May 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Pope Francis spent the last morning of his three-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslims and Jews and calling for closer relations among the three major monotheistic religions as the basis for peace in the region.

Francis Thanks Religious for Their Presence in Holy Land
Catholic News Service (27 May 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Pope Francis dedicated his final hours in Jerusalem to time with local Catholics, reminding them that despite difficulties, God is always by their side.

Pope Says His ‘Most Authentic’ Gestures in Holy Land Were Spontaneous
Catholic News Service (28 May 2014)
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV (CNS) — During an inflight news conference May 26 on his return to Rome from the Holy Land, Pope Francis answered several questions about his just-ended three-day visit, giving reporters insights into his thinking and glimpses behind the scenes of the high-profile events.

Holy Land Bishops Criticize ‘Collective Punishment’ of Palestinians
Catholic News Service (10 July 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Catholic leaders in the Holy Land called for an end to the cycle of violence and criticized Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and its collective punishment of Palestinians.

Churches’ Official: ‘Everyone in Gaza Considers Themselves a Target’
Catholic News Service (15 July 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The situation in hospitals in the Gaza Strip is dire, and Palestinians are saying that medical supplies will soon run out, said a cardiologist who serves with the Near East Council of Churches in Gaza.

Cease-Fire Gives Gaza Civilians Chance to Seek Aid
Catholic News Service (18 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Civilians in Gaza used a brief cease-fire to spill onto the streets and replenish scarce supplies, some church representatives said.

Pope Urges Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to End Holy Land Hostilities
Catholic News Service (21 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Expressing his serious concerns over the escalating violence in the Holy Land, Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, urging all sides to end hostilities and build peace.

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.

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.

East Jerusalem Tour Heightens U.S. Bishops’ Awareness of Complexities
Catholic News Service (12 September 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — U.S. bishops visiting the Holy Land said an on-the-ground tour and briefing about the situation in East Jerusalem heightened their awareness of the settlement issue in the divided city.

Bishops See Signs of Resilience in Gaza, Despite Destruction
Catholic News Service (14 January 2015)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Despite the immense destruction still evident in Gaza following the war there last summer, the resilience of the people gave hope to 16 bishops of the Holy Land Coordination during their visit to the Gaza Strip on 11 and 12 January.

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.

Religious Leaders Decry Arson at Church of Multiplication in Holy Land
Catholic News Service (19 June 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land issued a strong condemnation against an early morning arson attack on the Benedictine Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee on 18 June.

Jordan Bank of River Where Jesus Baptized Declared UNESCO Heritage Site
Catholic News Service (15 July 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — UNESCO declared Bethany Beyond the Jordan, on the eastern side of the Jordan River, as a World Heritage site and the location of Jesus’ baptism.

Haram al Sharif, Temple Mount: Holy Site at Center of Increased Tensions
Catholic News Service (15 October 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — It has been painful to watch as violence has taken over Jerusalem once again, especially along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus suffered in order to dissuade the use of violence, said Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali, Latin Patriarchate chancellor.

from Blog Content

Christians Returning to the Holy Land

Picture of the Day: Keeping the Faith
An Ethiopian monk prays at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Photo: Peter Lemieux)

Marking 100 Years "From Memory to Commitment"
Sami El-Yousef discusses celebrations commemorating 100 years of service by an organization with a history of collaboration with CNEWA.

Happy Anniversary, Ephpheta!
Sami El-Yousef discusses the 40th anniversary celebration of the Paul VI Ephpheta Institute.

“Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6)
Father Guido Gockel explores the nature of good and evil and their meaning in the turmoil pervading the Holy Land, focusing on the spiritual life that transcends the political..

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)

Approaching Final Exams
Bob Pape, of CNEWA's Development department, shares an account of one inspiring donor.

CNEWA on "Catholic Matters"
Earlier this week, our own Father Guido Gockel, Vice President for the Middle East and Europe, appeared on "Catholic Matters," a program on the Guadalupe Radio Network.

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!

Religion: Source of Peace or of Conflict?
Carl Hétu reflects on how we label and divide ourselves and others, and the challenges in overcoming prejudice and building a peaceful world.

Jerusalem Belongs to Whom?
Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal preaches about the significance of the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Picture of the Day: A Knight in the Holy Land
Just days before he is scheduled to become a cardinal in Rome, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

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

Where They See the Light
Fares Akram reflects on church-affiliated institutions in Gaza.

Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land?
As we noted last week, "60 Minutes" on Sunday night broadcast a report by Bob Simon on the exodus of Christians from the Holy Land.

Remembering George Doty
Long-time CNEWA benefactor George Doty died 24 April 2012.

The Faithful Who Are Fleeing the Holy Land
The Catholic Courier has more on the unfolding tale, and uncertain fate, of the Christian presence in the Holy Land.

"Across the Divide"
Next month, CNEWA Canada will co-sponsor the premiere of a new documentary on the troubles facing the Holy Land, as seen through the people at Bethlehem University.

An Honored Guest
On 30 May 2012 the Pontifical Mission-Jerusalem invited Archbishop Antonio Franco, Apostolic Nuncio in Israel and Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine over for an informal gathering.

An Exodus in Perspective
Sociologist Dr. Bernard Sabella discusses the exodus of Christians from the Middle East.

'Across' Across Canada
Melodie Gabriel, of CNEWA Canada, shares news of a touring panel discussing a documentary about Bethlehem University.

Bethlehem University Honored with International Award
Bethlehem University received The International Federation of Catholic Universities' Sciat vt Serviat Award last month.

A "Dream" Come True
CNEWA Canada is partnering with the Catholic Women's League of Canada to support humanitarian projects in the Holy Land.

Vandals Attack Trappist Monastery Near Jerusalem
Vandals burned the door of a Trappist monastery outside Jerusalem and spray-painted a wall with the names of illegal Israeli outposts.

A New Exarch in the Old City
Bishop Moussa El-Hage was appointed the new Maronite patriarchal exarch in Jerusalem.

Catholic Leaders Condemn Planned Route of Wall
The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land condemns the planned route of the separation wall in Cremisan valley.

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Stories of interest for the day.

"We Are One With Them in Their Struggle"
Someone with ties to CNEWA, Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, is making his first trip to the Holy Land.

Take Five: 5 Things to Know About Gaza
The area now known as the Gaza Strip got its name from the ancient city of Gaza.

Page One: Headlines for 1/3/13
Stories of interest for the day.

Snow in Bethlehem
Photos from the unusual snowy weather in the Holy Land

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)

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)

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Stories of interest for the day.

Pope Francis and Patriarch May Travel to Holy Land Together
"The ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople has invited Pope Francis to travel with him to the Holy Land next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the embrace between Patriarch Athenagoras and Paul VI, the pioneers of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue."

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Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: Camel Lot
Camels rest beside the road to Petra. (photo: Christian Molidor, R.S.M.)

Page One: Headlines for 6/24/13
Stories of interest for the day.

Encountering Holy Land Christians: Our Journey Begins
Melodie Gabriel, a development assistant with CNEWA Canada, shares some thoughts on the first stops along the CNEWA/CWL visit to the Holy Land.

Picture of the Day: Helping Hands
Sister Katharina helps a young friend at Maison du Sacre Coeur, a home for children with severe physical and mental challenges. (photo: CNEWA)

Picture of the Day: Rescued From the Trash
This baby girl was found in a garbage can. Now she's loved and cared for by the sisters of the Holy Family Children's Home (photo: CNEWA)

Encountering Holy Land Christians: Hearing is Believing
Megan Knighton, a charitable giving advisor for CNEWA, shares a few details from her visit to the Holy Land.

Encountering Holy Land Christians:
“We Were All Drawn to Helping Women and Their Children”

Brad H. Kerr sits down for a discussion with a few members of the Catholic Women's League of Canada.

Encountering Holy Land Christians: Mass in Arabic
Carl Hétu and the others attend Mass in a Latin parish of Reineh, a small village near Nazareth.

Encountering Christians in the Holy Land: A Dream for Children
Megan Knighton, a charitable giving advisor for CNEWA, shares a few details from her visit to the Infant Welfare Center in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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:
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: Way of the Cross
Melodie Gabriel shares a brief presentation of the Via Dolorosa 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.

A Dramatic Glimpse Inside “Jerusalem”
National Geographic has produced a new film about Jerusalem.

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Stories of interest for the day.

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Stories of interest for the day.

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Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: The Queen and the Bishop
Pope Francis met for the first time today with Queen Elizabeth.

Are Christians Being Persecuted in the Middle East?
The bishops in the Holy Land, addressing that question, have posted a statement today on the website for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Page One: Headlines for 5/22/14
Stories of interest for the day.

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Stories of interest for the day.

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.

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.

Page One: Headlines for 7/17/14
Stories of interest for the day.

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The day’s news from CNEWA’s world

Hebrew-Speaking Catholics in Israel
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.

Picture of the Day: Greetings from Bethlehem
Fadi Hazboun, 20, takes a selfie of with his Catholic family from Nazareth in front of the Christmas tree in Manger Square outside the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, on 21 December. (photo: CNS/Debbie Hill)

Journey to Jordan:
Celebrating Easter Among Muslims and Melkites

Deacon Greg Kandra reports from his trip to Amman.

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

Page One: Headlines for 7/9/15
Stories of interest for the day.

U.S. Bishops Condemn Cremisan Valley Barrier:
“Such Actions Undermine the Cause of Peace”

The latest developments in the Cremisan Valley — with Israel moving forward with construction of a controversial barrier that will divide the region—has prompted a response from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (U.S.C.C.B.).

Page One: Headlines for 10/30/15
Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: A Joyous Perspective
The Rev. Androwas Bahus, a Melkite Greek Catholic priest working in Galilee, shows the view from the roof of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Akko, Israel. (photo: Ilene Perlman)

Picture of the Day: All in a Day’s Work
The Rev. Androwas Bahus teaches children in the smallest of his parishes at St. Andrew the Apostle Melkite Greek Catholic Church, in Akko, Israel. (photo: Ilene Perlman)

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Stories of interest for the day.

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from CNEWA Connections


(From CNEWA Connections NOVEMBER 2012)