from ONE

Rebuilding Bethlehem
by Charles Miller, S.M.
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2002)
Despite a year of violence, individuals and organizations continue to offer help and hope.

Caught in the Middle
by Father Charles Miller, S.M.
(From CNEWA WORLD May – June 2001)
The Matar family of Beit Jala experiences firsthand the horrors of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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.

Kinderhilfe Bethlehem: A Small Bridge for Peace
by Klaus Röllin
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1998)
A profile of Kinderhilfe Bethlehem, a dynamic Swiss-German agency specializing in the care of mothers and children in the Holy Land.

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.

In the Middle of the Night
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East January 1993)
Msgr. Stern reflects on the words of the Prophet Isaiah as read at Midnight Mass in Bethlehem.

The Innocents of Bethlehem
by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East March 1993)
At the Creche in Bethlehem, the Daughters of Charity dole out huge helpings of love to abandoned children.

An Unprecedented Homily
(From Catholic Near East April 1990)
Departing from tradition, Archbishop Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, delivered this homily during Midnight Mass in Bethlehem this past Christmas.

Made in Bethlehem
by Joseph Cornelius Donnelly
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East September 1990)
Miles of olive groves and the hands of dedicated workers result in a valuable handicraft for the Holy Land.

The Young, the Old, and the Handicapped: The Mission in Israel/Palestine
by Carol Hunnybun
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
Care of the needy and human development were dear to the heart of Paul VI. A Pontifical Mission director from those days remembers.

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.

Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1986)
A photo-essay of Orthodox Christmas services in Bethlehem.

Shelter in Bethlehem
by Carol Hunnybun
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1981)
The Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles at the Orphanage of the Pontifical Mission in Bethlehem offer security, love and trust to homeless girls aged 4 through 18.

Miracles Happen in Bethlehem
by Carol Hunnybun
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1979)
At the Arab Society for the Physically Handicapped in Bethlehem, physically challenged girls and boys find support and hope.

Salesian Technical School
by Virginia Rohan
photos: P.W.P.D.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1978)
A special school in Jordan offers an education and hope for future employment to young men.

from News

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.

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.

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.

Bethlehem University Appoints First Female V.P.
Catholic News Service (24 September 2012)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Thirty-five years after the first class graduated from Bethlehem University, one of its members became the first woman and Palestinian to hold the Catholic school’s highest academic position.

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.

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.

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.

In Bethlehem, Near Site of Christ’s Birth, Pope Speaks Out for Children
Catholic News Service (25 May 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Celebrating Mass a few steps from the spot traditionally believed to the birthplace of Jesus, Pope Francis said that the way society treats its young reveals its moral character.

Families Tell Pope Their Concerns During Lunch in Bethlehem
Catholic News Service (25 May 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — When Elias Abu Mohor entered the Casa Nova convent for lunch with Pope Francis, he was surprised to realize he would be sitting at the same table with the pontiff.

In Bethlehem, a Street Festival With a Touch of Faith, Justice, Culture
Catholic News Service (24 June 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Sitting outside their childhood home on Star Street, three sisters and their cousin chatted as they watched a small parade of children dance past, following a variety of clowns and jugglers and two giant dancing puppets.

For Some Middle East Catholics, Church Is Anchor of Hope Amid Violence
Catholic News Service (28 July 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — As the death toll in Gaza surpasses 1,000, violent demonstrations in the West Bank leave dead and wounded, and an entire Christian community is exiled from the Iraqi city of Mosul by Islamic extremists, Christians in the Holy Land find themselves facing harsh realities.

For Arab Christians, Getting to Bethlehem Involves Checks, Imbalances
Catholic News Service (22 December 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Coming to Bethlehem during Christmas is like a family reunion for Afif Hazboun.

from Blog Content

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

Journey to the Holy Land: Arriving in Bethlehem
Msgr. Kozar reports on his pastoral visit to the Middle East, including his visit to the Ephpheta Institute and the Pontifical Mission Library.

Journey to the Holy Land: A Refuge in Bethlehem
Msgr. Kozar reports on his pastoral visit to the Middle East, including his visit to Aida Refugee Camp, Taybeh, and more.

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!

Picture of the Day: The Ephpheta Miracle
Sister Lucy Maule of the Ephpheta Institute in Bethlehem, holds four-year-old Abdil-Karim Yosef Allush. (photo: Miriam Sushman)

Hopes in the Holy Land
Monday, Pope Benedict XVI used his annual State of the World address to express his hopes for a new round of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Picture of the Day: Now Hear This
A young student at the Ephpheta Institute responds to hearing a new sound through an external hearing device. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Ephpheta Expands
Sami El-Yousef discusses a new development at the Ephpheta Institute.

Page One: Headlines for 8/1/12
Stories of interest for 8/1/12

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

Picture of the Day: A Visitor in Bethlehem
As Christmas nears, the little town of Bethlehem is approaching the busiest time of the year.

Picture of the Day: Where Christmas Is Close Enough to Touch
A Christian pilgrim touches the star in the grotto of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on 13 December.

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

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.

Picture of the Day: Prayers in Paint
The Summer issue of ONE takes us back to school, to learn about the art and spirituality behind creating icons.

Picture of the Day: A Church Is Reborn in Bethlehem
Italian Marcello Piacenti, project manager on the renovation of the roof of the Church of the Nativity, points to a mosaic from 1100, the Crusader period, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (photo: CNS/Debbie Hill)

Before I Leave for Bethlehem…
Msgr. John E. Kozar, CNEWA's president, celebrates Mass in our New York offices for the intentions of our donors. (photo: CNEWA)

Page One: Headlines for 5/23/14
Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: Another Middle East War
In 2004, we looked at the personal, often painful war being waged on drug addiction in Palestine.

Picture of the Day: Writing on the Wall
n icon by Ian Knowles, written directly on concrete, adorns one of the segments of the Israeli separation wall near the Rachel’s Tomb checkpoint in Bethlehem. (photo: Tanya Habjouqa)

Visiting Bethlehem’s Mayor
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)

Page One: Headlines for 10/1/15
Stories of interest for the day.

Page One: Headlines for 12/18/15
Stories of interest for the day.

90 Years, 90 Heroes:
Brother Joseph Loewenstein, F.S.C.

One of the most familiar fixtures at Bethlehem University for several decades has been Brother Joseph Loewenstein, F.SC.

Picture of the Day: Strength From Faith
Palestinian Christians Najwa and George Saadeh pray in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (photo: Nadim Asfour)

CNEWA Connections:
Pope Paul VI and Bethlehem University

A pope who is about to be declared a saint and his connection to CNEWA

Stories From the Field:
Bringing Joy to Children in Bethlehem

Doty Park endures

Picture of the Day: Spreading the Light from Bethlehem
Sharing the Peace Light around the world

Picture of the Day: A Familiar Scene in Bethlehem
Christmas approaches in the town where Jesus was born

Picture of the Day:
Celebrating the Season Near Manger Square

Christmas comes to Bethlehem

Stories From the Field:
Warm and Dry in Bethlehem

Improving an old school building

Stories From the Field:
Breaking the Silence at Ephpheta

An update from the institute in Bethlehem

Picture of the Day: A Relic Returns to Bethlehem
A piece of wood from the manger returns to the Holy Land

Picture of the Day:
Pre-Christmas Crush in Bethlehem

Crowds swarm Church of the Nativity

from CNEWA Connections

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
(From CNEWA Connections March 2012)

(From CNEWA Connections DECEMBER 2012)