20 November 2012
Israeli reserve soldiers pray at a staging area near the border with northern Gaza on 20 November. (photo: CNS/Nir Elias, Reuters)
For fresh perspectives on this still-unfolding story, check out this report from CNS and read Sami El-Yousef’s blog post, “When Will This Madness Stop?”
19 November 2012
Tags: Gaza Strip/West Bank Israel Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Kirti Lawrence, a resident of the Ashraya Home, prays the rosary. (photo: Peter Lemieux)
Kirti Lawrence, a 72-ear old retired schoolteacher, lives in the Ashraya Home, a home for the elderly in Mumbai run by the Nirmala Dasi Sisters. But she is not only a recipient of their good works. She tutors children living with H.I.V./AIDS at the nearby Anugraha Home, an orphanage also run by the sisters.
To read more about Ms. Lawrence and the Nirmala Dasi Sisters, check out Peter Lemieux’s July 2011 article in ONE.
You can learn more about Dharavi, a slum in Mumbai where the sisters live and work, from these past One-to-One posts in December 2011 and January 2012.
16 November 2012
Tags: Kerala Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Thomas Christians Nirmala Dasi Sisters Mumbai
A woman in traditional Ukrainian clothing embroiders a rushnyk, a decorative towel that will be draped around an icon, as her granddaughter looks on. (photo: Petro Didula)
In this 2004 photo, a woman teaches her granddaughter a skill that will help keep Ukrainian traditions alive. To read more about Ukrainian identity, check out this May 2005 article about the major political events that had recently occurred in Ukraine.
15 November 2012
A priest and devotees of the Ge’ez Catholic Eparchy of Emdibir gather after celebrating the Divine Liturgy at St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral in Emdibir, Ethiopia. (photo: John Kozar)
Monsignor John Kozar visited Ethiopia earlier this year and met people from the many faiths represented in that east African country. In his blog, he wrote about one such visit:
My first exposure to the rich Ge’ez Rite would come at an early morning Divine Liturgy the following morning at St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral. The bishop and most of the eparchy’s priests concelebrated the ancient liturgy. I was taken aback by the beauty of the liturgy, the amazing intricacy of the chanting, not just of the bishop and the priests, but all the many faithful who had assembled as well. The cathedral had a large of number of people for this ordinary weekday eucharistic liturgy, celebrated at 6:20 a.m. All of the faithful are farmers and some regularly walk great distances to attend.
Read more about his visit, “An Ethiopian Odyssey.”
14 November 2012
Tags: Ethiopia Msgr. John E. Kozar Ethiopian Christianity Ethiopian Catholic Church
Cristian Atkinson Abutridy, whose background is Palestinian, celebrates his nephew’s birthday in a Palestinian restaurant in Santiago, Chile in October 2011. (photo: Tomas Munita)
Did you know that Chile is home to the world’s largest Palestinian community outside the Middle East? From the July issue of ONE, Aaron Nelson writes:
The estimated number ranges from 450,000 to a half million. Most are Christians who either hail from or trace their lineage back to the towns of Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and Bethlehem.
The first wave of Palestinians arrived after the Ottoman Turkish government, which then controlled much of the Middle East, allowed emigration in 1896. These early immigrants held Turkish passports; still today, turcos (Spanish for “Turks”) remains a common derogatory term for Arabs in Chile.
Large numbers also migrated to Chile during World War I and, later, when the 1948 war in Palestine erupted. Mass immigration from Palestine then slowed to a trickle in the second half of the 20th century.
During the same period, however, the Chilean government granted asylum to numerous Palestinian refugees. Most recently, in April 2008, it resettled 117 Palestinians — all Sunni Muslim — from the Al-Waleed refugee camp in Iraq, near the Syrian border.
For the first Palestinians, life in Chile was bittersweet. Acceptance in society did not come easily. At the time, native-born Chileans often discriminated against immigrants, particularly those from areas of the world other than northern and Central Europe.
Nevertheless, they flourished in their adopted country. The new arrivals quickly found their way in the workforce as craftspeople, farmers and merchants. By the early 20th century, dozens of Arabic-language newspapers circulated and numerous Arab social clubs were established.
“Family and faith were central to the identity of the immigrants,” says Professor Eugenio Chahuan, codirector of the University of Chile’s Center for Arabic Studies.
To learn more about the Palestinian community in Chile, read the full article, Yo Soy Palestino, in the July 2012 issue of ONE magazine.
13 November 2012
Tags: Palestine Chile
Boys play with old tires in "the field," a squatters camp on land where a sports stadium is set to be built. (photo: Peter Lemieux)
In our September 2003 issue, contributor Peter Lemieux reported on struggle and joy in Ethiopia. Of the above picture, captured in the course of his reporting, he had this to say:
An area of wasteland in the Bole section of Addis Ababa, “the field” had long been designated by the government as the site for a future sports stadium. Squatters have lived on the grounds for more than 10 years, having migrated from the countryside to the city in search of a better life. Their dreams have not been realized. Most of the villagers are unemployed and have nothing more than huts scrapped together from trash and mud to show for their efforts. Some mothers even resort to renting their baby to beggars for a pittance [to help them win sympathy]. Yet ironically, even though many living in the field are beggars, they are still willing to give to a beggar. …
“The field” is adjacent to the Bethlehem Day Care, a program run by the Good Shepherd Sisters. The Day Care Center this year alone is enrolling more than 160 children in the CNEWA needy child program — many of whom live in “the field.”
To read more — and view more photos — check out A Flicker of Candlelight Amid the Darkness.
9 November 2012
Tags: Ethiopia Children Sisters Health Care Poor/Poverty
Two members of a folk group, Kecera, sing traditional songs at a seniors’ club in
Jakubany, Slovakia. (photo: Andrej Bán.)
In late 2008, ONE contributor Jacqueline Ruyak visited the Slovakian village of Jakubany and wrote about life in this Rusyn Greek Catholic village for the January 2009 issue of ONE.
Jakubany has a rich cultural heritage, including distinctive folklore, music, dance and dress. Villagers developed traditions in relation to their deep, historical relationship with the forests, pastures and mountains that surround the community.
To read more, and see more images from this lovely village, check out the full article!
8 November 2012
Tags: Slovakia Ruysn
In this 2007 image, students learn stitching skills at the Thalayolaparambu School and Home for the Deaf and Blind in Kerala, operated by the Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate.
(Photo: Christian Molidor)
In 2007, Sister Christian Molidor traveled to southern India, where she visited the Thalayolaparambu School and Home for the Deaf and Blind in Kottayam, Kerala. Two of the other institutions she visited were profiled in ONE magazine: Anugraha Sadan (House of Blessings) in Trichur (also in Kerala) and Jyothi Hospital in the nearby state of Karnataka.
7 November 2012
Tags: India Kerala
A worker and young visitor begin olive processing. (photo: John E. Kozar)
Last December, Monsignor John Kozar visited olive processing mill in Kobayat, Lebanon during his pastoral visit to the Middle East. You can read about his visit to this mill and other sites in Lebanon in his blog post:
Our first stop…was the olive processing mill that was running at full tilt, even though the olive season has just about ended. We were warmly greeted by the president of the cooperative association that oversees the pooled efforts of hundreds of farmers as well as by friends and coworkers.
As the machinery hummed along, our hosts took us on a simple tour. They demonstrated how bags of olives brought in from outlying farms were sent through a series of machines and ended up a high quality olive oil. Needless to say, we had to each try a sample of the work.
Check out more on his Journey to the Holy Land.
6 November 2012
Tags: Lebanon CNEWA Msgr. John E. Kozar Maronite Catholic
Children drink water from a well at their school in Kunkuri, Madhya Pradesh, India. (photo: Sean Sprague)
We’ve reported extensively on efforts to bring clean drinking water to people in CNEWA’s world. You can learn more in Rain Rich, Water Poor, and discover more about Madhya Pradesh in the September 1996 article Sons and Daughters of the Land.
Tags: India CNEWA Farming/Agriculture Water