As an agency of the Holy See, we work closely as the right hand of the Holy Father’s Congregation for the Eastern Churches. CNEWA is also a major supporter of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the department of the Holy See concerned with ecumenism and religious relations with Jews.

Last year, CNEWA provided grants totaling $1,347,406. Grants and subsidies included:

  • Pontifical Council for Christian Unity’s Catholic Committee for Cultural Collaboration for scholarships — $62,000
  • Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue for scholarships — $50,000
  • Congregation of the Eastern Churches for general operations — $809,632

CNEWA’s support for the Eastern churches is concentrated where they need it most, which is usually in their traditional homelands. But we are not limited by geography. Sometimes, we help an Eastern church establish itself in a Western country, or provide special assistance at a donor’s request.

Last year, CNEWA awarded $337,293 in grants — 2 humanitarian, 7 pastoral, 1 public awareness and 5 interfaith. For example, we provided $25,000 in scholarships to the International Theological Institute in Austria, and assisted the Eparchy of Saint Maron in Brooklyn with $200,000 for pastoral activities.