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Meet the Refugees of Dbayeh (One-to-One blog, 28 November 2016) On a recent trip to Lebanon to visit my family, I got to encounter some of the people CNEWA helps: a small number of the estimated 1.5 million refugees living in Lebanon. I visited the Dbayeh Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Beirut; it is home to more than 4,000 refugees, most of whom are Palestinian Christians. It is also home to the Little Sisters of Nazareth, one of many local congregations with whom CNEWA partners to offer relief and assistance to those displaced within the Middle East...
Image of Innocence in a ‘Workshop of Cruelty’ (One-to-One blog, 17 November 2016) Where there is no tenderness, there is cruelty and what is unfolding in Syria is a veritable “workshop of cruelty,” Pope Francis told governing members of Caritas Internationalis. “I believe the greatest illness of today is cardiac sclerosis,” he said on 17 November, implying a kind of hardening of the heart that renders a person unable to feel compassion or be moved by another’s suffering...

SYRIA UPDATE: “Entire Neighborhoods Have Caught Fire” (One-to-One blog, 2 May 2016) Last week, CNEWA was able to talk over the phone with the Maronite priest, the Rev. Elias Adas, who is running a health facility in Aleppo, and he confirmed that at present only 35,000 Christians remain in Aleppo out of around 200,000-250,000 before 2011...

SYRIA UPDATE: The Crisis in Madaya (One-to-One blog, 8 Jan 2016) CNEWA’s regional director in Beirut, Michel Constantin, this morning sent us this report about the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in Madaya, Syria: The village of Madaya is a part of the east Ghouta region, along with Zabadani and Serghaya...

CNEWA’s regional directors in Amman and Beirut have filed reports outlining CNEWA activities in the Middle East. Below, please find how your generosity has made a difference.

MIDDLE EAST UPDATE: Resilience and Grace Replace Panic and Fear (One-to-One blog, 6 August 2015) One year after ISIS extremists stormed the villages of the Nineveh Plain in the middle of the night, driving out more than 120,000 Christians, most of those who fled remain in their places of exile. ...

SYRIA UPDATE: Kidnapped Franciscan Freed (One-to-One blog, 10 July 2015) You may recall the news that broke last weekend, about the abduction of the Rev. Dhiya Azziz, a Franciscan priest serving in the Holy Land...

SYRIA UPDATE: Franciscan Priest Abducted (One-to-One blog, 7 July 2015) This morning, two Catholic priests from Homs told me of the abduction of the Rev. Dhiya Aziz, who belongs to the Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land. The kidnapping took place on Saturday 4 July, while he was in his parish of Yacubiyeh, a village in Syria’s Idlib province, more than 56 miles northeast of Latakia...

Breaking in Syria: Crisis in Hassake (One-to-One blog, 30 June 2015) While I’m working in Erbil this week among the refugees in Kurdistan, I’m also monitoring developments in Hassake in northern Syria.

PRESS RELEASE: Relief Rushed to Displaced Middle East Christians (01 June 2015) CNEWA’s president, Msgr. John E. Kozar, has released $849,200 to aid Christians in the Middle East.

Picture of the Day: Preserving Palmyra (One-to-One blog, 26 May 2015) Now that ISIS has gained control of Palmyra — and, some fear, could destroy many of the priceless artifacts in the ancient Syrian city — an important Muslim voice has been raised, calling on the world to protect and defend these treasures...

Picture of the Day: Prayers for Syria (One-to-One blog, 10 March 2015) Christian leaders again called for help for Assyrian Christians as Islamic State militants stepped up their attacks against their towns in northern Syria...

BREAKING IN SYRIA: Aid from CNEWA Reaches Families (One-to-One blog, 3 March 2015) Syrian families who have fled their homes after the Islamic State raided their villages are receiving aid from CNEWA...

Reach Out to Syria’s Christians (One-to-One blog, 27 February 2015) The Christians of Syria need us to take direct action. The families who have escaped need food to eat. A warm place to sleep. Medical care to ease their pain. Trauma counseling to soothe emotional wounds that may never heal. We wish we could stop the violence, but we know we can help these suffering Christians heal...



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