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In Depth: Eastern Europe


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In Armenia, What They Have in Abundance is Dignity (One-to-One blog, 19 May 2017) There is poverty, and then there is grinding poverty. For many reasons, but I will start with corruption and tragedy, almost half of Armenia’s people have endured decades of want: want of shelter, heat, food, water and health. What they have in abundance is dignity. My friend and colleague, Thomas, today visited people who this past winter needed help to heat their homes and needed, as well, food to eat...

A Letter from Georgia (ONE magazine, Winter 2016) I was 15 years old when I encountered religious sisters for the first time. They came to the village of Arevik in northern Armenia, where I lived with my parents. I asked my mom, “Why are they dressed like that?”...

90 Years, 90 Heroes: Ani Kaloust (One-to-One blog, 20 December 2016) In 2015, we introduced readers to a powerhouse: Ani Kaloust, a 65-year-old Lebanese Armenian Catholic who lives in Beirut and works for Caritas, a CNEWA partner and charity of the Lebanese Catholic churches...

“I Am So Glad You Came”: Visiting the Fatherless Children of Armenia (One-to-One blog, 3 August 2016) The long search for subjects for my story took me again to Armenia’s second biggest city of Gyumri, which seems to have consolidated all the issues challenging the country — it’s where the poor are even poorer than in any other province of Armenia, where every other child suffers from malnutrition, where the highest number of homeless people live, where the survivors of the 1988 devastating earthquake are still enduring its consequences...

90 Years, 90 Heroes: Sister Arousiag Sajonian (One-to-One blog, 31 March 2016) Her first name means “Carrier of Light” in Armenian. And for more than two decades, Sister Arousiag Sajonian has been bringing light and hope to a troubled corner of Armenia — a land ravaged by earthquakes, wars and economic crises...

Spotlight on the Eastern Churches: The Orthodox Church of Albania (One-to-One blog, 5 January 2016) The creation of the Orthodox Church of Albania began not in remote Albania — a nation in southeastern Europe — but in Boston, Massachusetts...