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Msgr. John Kozar to Head CNEWA

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Msgr. John E. Kozar, former national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, has been appointed president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and the Pontifical Mission for Palestine. Msgr. Kozar is pictured giving Communion during Sunday Mass in late February at St. Joseph Church in Mutunguru, Kenya.  (photo: CNS/Nancy Wiechec) 

The Catholic Near East Welfare Association, founded in 1926 by Pope Pius XI, has a fourfold mandate:
• To support the pastoral mission and institutions of the Eastern Catholic churches.
• To provide humanitarian assistance to all in need.
• To promote Christian unity and interreligious understanding and collaboration.
• To educate people in the West about the history, cultures, peoples and churches of the East.

The agency has its central office in Rome and administrative headquarters in New York City, as well as offices in Canada, Eritrea, India, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and the United States.

The Pontifical Mission for Palestine was established in 1949 by Pope Pius XII to support programs of emergency assistance and relief; care and rehabilitation; education and human development; collaboration and service to other agencies; and advocacy and public awareness for the people of Palestine and neighboring areas of the Middle East.

It also has offices at the Vatican and in New York, as well as regional offices in Amman, Jordan; Beirut; and Jerusalem.





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