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news item 01 Sep 1997 – “If only our donors could see for themselves the benefits of their sacrifices,” Msgr. John D. Faris, Assistant Secretary General, stated following a June visit to Armenia and Georgia. Read more...


news item 01 Sep 1997 – Approximately 10,000 participants – more than half from former Communist countries –attended the Second European Ecumenical Assembly, held in Graz, Austria, from 23 to 29 June 1997. Read more...


news item 01 Sep 1997 – The Lieutenancy of England and Wales of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem invited Msgr. Robert L. Stern, Secretary General, to speak in London on 6 June about the concerns of Christians in the Holy Land. Read more...


news item 01 Sep 1997 – On 15 August, on the occasion of the joint consecration of the altar of Mart Maryam Church in Roselle, Ill., by Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, and Raphael I Bidawid, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, the two patriarchs signed a document inaugurating a program to pursue full ecclesial union of the Assyrian Church of the East and the Chaldean Catholic Church. Read more...


news item 01 Sep 1997 – Returning from the Pro Oriente meeting of churches in the Syriac tradition in Chicago, where he had been a principal speaker, Joseph Mar Powathil, the Syro-Malabar Catholic Archbishop of Changanacherry and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, visited our New York offices on 28 July. Read more...


news item 01 Sep 1997 – The first Congress of the Catholic Laity in the Middle East was held in Beirut from 10 to 14 June. Read more...


news item 01 Sep 1997 – On 26 June, Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy, Archbishop of Seattle and a member of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Near East Welfare Association, died peacefully following a long illness, surrounded by close friends and members of his staff. Read more...