from ONE

Surviving War: A Mother’s Tale
by Amal Bouhabib with photographs by Sarah Hunter
(From ONE magazine January 2007)
War in Lebanon has changed the lives of thousands of families

CNEWA and Lebanese Relief
(From ONE magazine January 2007)

A City Reborn
by Amal Bouhabib
(From ONE magazine March 2006)
Destroyed by war, Beirut’s downtown rises once more

Montréal à la Libanaise
text by David Sheehan
photographs by Cody Christopulos
(From ONE magazine September 2004)
Lebanese immigrants make proud Canadians

Pillars of Lebanon
by Spencer Osberg with photographs by Sarah Hunter
(From ONE magazine July 2008)
Catholic schools heal a divided society

Defining Dbayeh
by Jim Quilty
(From ONE magazine September 2007)
Lebanon’s refugee camps are under siege, but Dbayeh is different

Rebuilding Southern Lebanon
by Amal Bouhabib
(From ONE magazine November 2005)
Liberated five years ago, much work remains to be done

Nectar of the Gods
by Amal Bouhabib
(From ONE magazine March 2005)
Despite a bloody past, Lebanon’s wine industry takes off

The Long Road Home
by David Sheehan
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2004)
Lebanese rebuild their villages damaged by war

Counting on God
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2003)
A place of hope and sanctuary in Lebanon

Food For Thought
by Marilyn Raschka
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2002)
Few places match the customs and hospitality linked to Lebanese food.

Pontifical Mission at 50: Beirut
prepared by CNEWA staff
photographs: courtesy CNEWA-PMP, Beirut
(From Catholic Near East January – February 2000)
Lebanon salutes a half-century of tireless dedication of the Pontifical Mission.

Lebanon’s Urban Youth
by Spencer Osberg
(From ONE magazine July 2010)
Challenging the status quo

Lebanon
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Not just a nation, but a message

A Saint Without Borders
by Marilyn Raschka with photographs by Sarah Hunter
(From ONE magazine July 2009)
A Lebanese hermit inspires faithful worldwide

A Light of Hope for Lebanon’s Addicts
by Marilyn Raschka with photographs by Sarah Hunter
(From ONE magazine September 2009)
A drug rehabilitation center offers its residents a new lease on life

Blooming Where They Are Planted
by Marilyn Raschka
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2002)
In the midst of ancient Roman ruins, a Christian community works to strengthen its faith.

Offering a Hand Up
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2001)
Two Shiite Muslim villages in Lebanon learn the fine art of prioritizing.

Piously Poised on a Precarious Perch
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2000)
Seclusion, silence and spirituality revive a fourth-century Lebanese convent.

From Soup Kitchen to Feed Mill
text and photos by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East May – June 2000)
A village in Lebanon continues its postwar growth with the addition of a bovine-friendly projects.

Turning the Tide in Southern Lebanon
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East September – October 2000)
The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts provide hope to the people of southern Lebanon as they encounter a new, unfamiliar freedom.

Pipe Dreams
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East November – December 2000)
Thousands of feet of pipe and the latest in technology revitalize a sleeping village in Lebanon.

See-Saw
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East July – August 2000)
What do we see when we think we saw what we saw?

Bearing the Cross in Lebanon
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1999)
Franciscan Sisters of the Cross embrace those most in need.

Restoring Lebanon
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1999)
Through the good times and the bad, the Pontifical Mission had been a beacon to the people of Lebanon.

Pontifical Mission at 50: Teaming Up in Lebanon
by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1999)
Concern for the environment underlies our village revitalization program in Lebanon.

Pontifical Mission at 50: A Warm Touch in Dbayeh
by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1999)
The life of a refugee family offers a snapshot of the hardship endured by Palestinian and Lebanese refugees.

Putting the Future in Their Hands
text by Diane Handal with photographs by Dalia Khamissy
(From ONE magazine September 2011)
A microcredit program improves lives in Lebanon

Little Orphan Ahmed
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1998)
A school and orphanage in a Lebanese Shiite Muslim village come to the rescue.

The Deaf Hear, the Mute Speak
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1998)
The hearing impaired in Beirut have a lifeline in the Father Roberts Institute for the Deaf.

Keeping the Brains in the Family
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East January – February 2001)
Lebanon’s Catholic universities educate men and women for the good of society.

They Do Windows
by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1997)
Eastern Catholic seminarians in Lebanon are busy with their religious life, their studies – and living in a post-war nation.

Home Away from Home: Maronites in the United States
by Chorbishop Seely Beggiani
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1997)
A history of the Maronite Church and its North American faithful.

Abuzz in Lebanon
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1997)
A trip to Beit el-Fa’as village in Lebanon is more than just a sticky experience.

Calling All Sponsors
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1996)
An update on CNEWA’s Needy Child Sponsorship Program in Beirut: There is still more work to do.

Your Druze and Mine
by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1996)
The Druze faith, an ancient, closed religious system, is still going strong in Lebanon.

A Man for All Seasons
by Peg Maron
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1995)
The first few turbulent but productive years of Msgr. Joseph T. Ryan’s tenure as President of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine and Secretary of CNEWA.

Rebuilding Lebanon
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1995)
Slowly, with the help of CNEWA, Lebanon restores war–ravaged homes, villages and the lives of its people.

Lebanon’s Own Shangri-la
text and photos by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1994)
A haven for the elderly in Lebanon celebrates joie de vivre.

Traditions: A Profile of Lebanon’s Maronites
by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1994)
The Maronites have survived for 1,500 years despite persecution, war and civil strife. Our Beirut correspondent takes us to the heartland of this community.

A Sister Act Hard to Follow
text and photos by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1994)
The Little Sisters of Nazareth reach out to those suffering misfortune in Dbayeh refugee camp.

The House That Jack Rebuilt
text and photos by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East January 1993)
Two villages in Lebanon are now hopeful thanks to the Pontifical Mission.

It’s Monday Morning; That’s Good News
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East May 1993)
A hospital in the foothills of Beirut offers specialized care to children suffering from scoliosis.

Amazing Grace
by Sister Maureen Grady, C.S.C.
photos by Sr. Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East July 1993)
Sister Maureen Grady, who concludes her service as Chief Operating Officer of the Pontifical Mission, reflects on her career.

Rough Start, Fine Finish
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East November 1993)
The Lebanese Child Home Association in postwar Beirut provides the city’s children with the support they desperately need.

This Way to the Ark
text and photos by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East October 1992)
CNEWA’s Beirut office generously supports programs for Lebanon’s mentally and physically handicapped.

A Recipe for Christian Sharing
by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East July 1991)
A meal program in Lebanon caters to the land’s displaced elderly.

Half Loaves, Scraps and Possibilities
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East October 1991)
The troubled land of Lebanon and its newly formed government confront pressing political issues one year after the end of civil strife.

Rebuilding Lives as Well as Beirut
text and photos by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East October 1991)
A drug treatment center in Lebanon combines holistic and psychiatric methods to help the addicted.

Peace in the Middle East: The U.S. Bishops’ Statement
by Archbishop Roger M. Mahony
(From Catholic Near East January 1990)
Archbishop Mahoney discusses the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ statement, “Toward Peace in the Middle East: Perspectives, Principles and Hopes.”

Enduring a Bloodbath in East Beirut
by Thomas McHugh
(From Catholic Near East July 1990)
A firsthand report of the war in the Middle East from the Pontifical Mission’s staff in Beirut.

Search for Brotherhood in the Christian Near East
by Thomas McHugh
(From Catholic Near East September 1990)
During a visit to CNEWA, Armenian Apostolic Catholicos Karekin II, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, reflects on the status of Christianity in the Middle East.

One Man’s Way of Peace in Lebanon
text and photos by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
Retreating to a life of prayer in Lebanon also means being a missionary. At least Pere Antonious can still insist that his picture not be taken.

Three Sisters’ Ministry of Hospitality
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
An update on support given to the displaced of Dbayeh Camp in Lebanon.

Building Amid Destruction: The Mission in Lebanon
by Issam Bishara
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
The Pontifical Mission staff in Beirut seeks creative solutions to human suffering in a situation others call hopeless.

14 Years of Civil Strife in Lebanon
by Sister Maureen Grady, C.S.C.
photos by Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East August 1989)
Civil war has devastated Lebanon. Amidst this devastation, though, a glimmer of hope survives.

Pope addresses funding agencies
(From Catholic Near East August 1989)

The Drama of Lebanon
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1988)
A simple skit performed by Lebanese children dramatizes a hopeful lesson in this land of violence.

Messenger of Peace for Lebanon
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1988)
Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir is asking for help to end the violence in Lebanon.

Healers in the Midst of Killing
by Sister Maureen Grady, C.S.C. and Sr. Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
photos: Pontifical Mission, Beirut
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1987)
Three religious women are hospital administrators in Beirut. Their daily courage and compassion let them be called “blessed.”

The Good News in Dbayeh
by Michael Healy
photos by Sr. Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1987)
In the midst of Lebanon’s despair, a seed of hope planted by a persistent nun begins to sprout.

“In the Depths of My Pain…”
by Walid
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1986)
Excerpts from the letter of a 14-year-old boy named Walid, who lives in the midst of war.

Springs of Hope in Lebanon
text by Don Duncan with photographs by Laura Boushnak
(From ONE January 2012)
CNEWA restores a dwindling water supply

Fr. Roberts: “The Deaf Hear and the Mute Speak”
by Helen Breen
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1984)
A school for deaf and handicapped boys in Lebanon provides hope for a brighter future.

Legends, Lore and Holy Places
by Veronica J. Treanor
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1984)
Lebanon holds numerous sites rich in history and tradition on its ancient land.

A Gentle Poet
by John Mahoney
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1984)
The story of the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran.

The Mighty Cedar of Lebanon
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1984)
Reflections concerning the cedar tree of Lebanon, an enduring symbol for a tumultuous country.

Zouk-Mikael’s Sorrow Turned to Joy
by Rev. Elie Daou
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1983)
The handicapped children of a town in northeastern Beirut find hope.

Angels on Wheels
by Regina J. Clarkin
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1982)
A new vehicle for the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Lebanon provides invaluable support for handicapped children.

Salah’s Story
text by Jeannette Isaac
photos by John Isaac
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1981)
A nine-year-old Lebanese orphan boy found a special friend in the United Nations’ Interim Forces in Lebanon.

If It Weren’t for Sister…
by Rev. Martin J. McDermott, S.J.
photos: CNEWA-PMP, Beirut
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1980)
Sister Mary Gustave continues her tireless work in Lebanon.

To Save a Child
by Janet Butta
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1980)
CNEWA’s Needy Child Sponsorship Program continues to deliver hope to orphans and children of poverty.

Faith and Courage: The Story of Maronite Catholics
by A.V. Crawford and Nora Coyne
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1979)
The power of the centuries-old story of Maronite Catholics is renewed through the faith of its members.

Welcome Christina!
by Mary Mullowney
photos by Lorraine Fischer
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1978)
A lucky little girl from Lebanon meets her new family in the United States.

Saint Sharbel: Lebanon’s “Paradoxical artisan of peace”
by Dorothy Mauro
photos: courtesy of Giancarlo Giuliani
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1978)
The story of the Maronite monk who was the first Eastern Christian canonized by the Latin Catholic Church.

profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine September 2005)
The Maronite Church

from News

Reconstruction Begins
news from ONE Magazine (22 May 2007)
Three German Catholic agencies have pledged funds to support postwar reconstruction efforts in Lebanon.

Assessing Damaged Churches
news from ONE Magazine (20 March 2007)
Late last year, the Holy See’s Congregation for the Eastern Churches asked CNEWA’s Pontifical Mission office in Beirut to assess all Lebanese churches and related institutions damaged during last summer’s fighting between Hezbollah and Israel.

Québec Catholics Help Lebanon
news from ONE Magazine (28 November 2006)
The Diocese of Gatineau in Québec organized a benefit dinner to help Christians from the south of Lebanon displaced by war between Israel and Hezbollah last summer.

New Maronite Patriarch Pledges to Reach Out to Muslims
Catholic News Service (29 March 2011)
The new patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church pledged to work with Muslims, noting that Lebanon is a country of partnership between Muslims and Christians.

New Melkite Bishops
Catholic News Service (16 June 2011)
The Vatican announced approval of two new Melkite Catholic archbishops who had been elected by the Greek Melkite Synod of Bishops.

New Maronite Chapel at National Shrine
Catholic News Service (28 September 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a ceremony reflecting their Lebanese heritage, Maronite Catholics gathered Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the consecration of a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lebanon.

New Maronite Patriarch to Visit U.S.
Catholic News Service (3 October 2011)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai will make his first pastoral visit to the United States Oct. 4-25.

Maronite Patriarch Visits United States
Catholic News Service (25 October 2011)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Unless Middle Eastern countries support religious freedom and respect human rights, the “Arab spring” movement will devolve into an “Arab winter,” said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai.

Melkite Archbishop Visits Canada
Catholic News Service (26 October 2011)
OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — Years ago, Melkite Archbishop Elias Chacour flew to Washington, D.C., to make an unannounced visit to the home of then-Secretary of State James Baker.

Arab Spring Conference in Rome
Catholic News Service (1 March 2012)
Muslims and Christians throughout North Africa and the Middle East recognize that “building a democracy is more difficult than destroying a dictatorship,” but they are committed to realizing their dream, said one of the leaders of change in Tunisia.

Caritas Shelters Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (7 March 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Church aid workers scrambled to find housing for hundreds of Syrian refugees who have fled to neighboring Lebanon because of ongoing violence between Syrian forces and armed rebels.

Pope Earmarks Holy Thursday for Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (28 March 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has decided the collection taken up at his Holy Thursday evening Mass will be used to offer humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.

Pope to Visit Lebanon in September
Catholic News Service (9 April 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will visit Lebanon Sept. 14-16, Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai announced during Easter Mass at the patriarchal seat in Bkerke, Lebanon.

A Christian Convert In Lebanon
Catholic News Service (4 June 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — The first time Thomas stepped inside a church, he was overcome with emotion.

Maronite Patriarch Calls for Dialogue in Syria
Catholic News Service (6 June 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Warning that Lebanon is going through a critical juncture, Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai called for national dialogue to address the security and political situation in the country.

Christian Exodus from Middle East
Catholic News Service (20 June 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic leaders warned about the dangers of a continued exodus of Christians from the Middle East during a Christian-Muslim dialogue meeting in a Beirut mosque.

Video: “First Take: Vatican”
Catholic News Service (3 July 2012)
“First Take: Vatican” looks at significance of pope’s trip to Lebanon for all Christians in the Middle East.

Pope to Visit Lebanon, Meet Christians, Muslims in September
Catholic News Service (5 July 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will present a papal document addressing the church’s concerns in the Middle East, meet with representatives of local Christian and Muslim communities, and address political and cultural leaders on a three-day visit to Lebanon Sept. 14-16.

Young Lebanese See Papal Visit as Sign of Hope
Catholic News Service (21 August 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s younger generation of Catholics sees Pope Benedict XVI’s Sept. 14-16 visit to their country as a sign of hope in a region embroiled with violence.

Video: Plight of Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (21 August 2012)
Laura Sheahen of Caritas Internationalis talks about her recent visit with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

Syrian Refugees Flood Neighboring Countries
Catholic News Service (24 August 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — While media images of the Syrian civil war are mainly those of men with guns, workers from Catholic Relief Services have seen “predominantly women and children, fleeing,” said a communications officer who recently returned from the Middle East.

Pope Visits Lebanon
Catholic News Service (31 August 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Benedict XVI travels to Lebanon Sept. 14-16 — assuming spillover from the civil war in neighboring Syria doesn’t force a last-minute cancellation of the trip — his purpose will be above all pastoral; and, as usual for papal trips, most of his remarks will focus on the spiritual.

Video: Microcosm of the Middle East
Catholic News Service (7 September 2012)
Melkite, Maronite bishops reflect on significance of Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip to Lebanon.

Video: Concern for Lebanon
Catholic News Service (10 September 2012)
A look at Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks yesterday about violence and the need for dialogue and reconciliation in the Middle East.

Video: Prayers for the Middle East
Catholic News Service (12 September 2012)
Pope Benedict XVI’s comments at his weekly general audience about his upcoming trip to Lebanon.

Pope Calls for Help for Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (13 September 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican firmly condemned the recent attack against a U.S. consulate in Libya, which led to the death of a U.S. ambassador, three U.S. personnel and at least 10 Libyans.

Pope Arrives in Lebanon
Catholic News Service (17 September 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon Sept. 14, saying that he came “as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of men.”

Pope Delivers Exhortation in Lebanon
Catholic News Service (17 September 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI signed a major document calling on Catholics in the Middle East to engage in dialogue with Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim neighbors, but also to affirm and defend their right to live freely in the region where Christianity was born.

In Lebanon, Pope Addresses Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the suffering of Christians in the Middle East, reassuring them and urging them to promote peace through religiously inspired service to their societies.

In Lebanon, Pope Addresses Youth
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
BKERKE, Lebanon (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI urged young Christians in the Middle East not to flee violence and economic insecurity through emigration, but to draw strength from their faith and make peace in their troubled region.

Pope’s Visit to Lebanon a Message of Peace
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — When Pope Benedict XVI stepped off the plane in Beirut Sept. 14, he said he had come to Lebanon, and to the Middle East in general, as a “pilgrim of peace.”

Video: Pope Reflects on Lebanon Trip
Catholic News Service (19 September 2012)
Pope Benedict XVI reflects on the significance of his trip last weekend to Lebanon.

Pope Calls for Christian-Muslim Dialogue
Catholic News Service (20 September 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI said his three-day trip to Lebanon convinced him that now is the time for Christians and Muslims to bear witness together against violence and in favor of dialogue and peace.

Christian-Muslim Leaders in Lebanon Call For Security
Catholic News Service (26 September 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Christian and Muslim leaders in Lebanon called for the formation of a legal committee to protect all religions.

New Cardinals Include Heads of Maronite and Syro-Malankara Churches
Catholic News Service (24 October 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI surprised pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 24 by announcing he would create six new cardinals, including 63-year-old U.S. Archbishop James M. Harvey, prefect of the papal household, in late November.

New Maronite and Syro-Malankara Cardinals Attend Synod
Catholic News Service (25 October 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Four of the six new cardinals announced by Pope Benedict XVI Oct. 24 were participating in the world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican and had to keep their impending appointments secret as they participated in the synod’s small-group work that morning.

Maronite Patriarch’s New Role as Cardinal
Catholic News Service (20 November 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholics in Lebanon said Pope Benedict XVI’s naming of Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai as a cardinal reinforces the church’s support for Christians in the Middle East.

Eastern Catholic Cardinals
Catholic News Service (27 November 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Recalling that Christ’s mission transcends “all ethnic, national and religious particularities,” Pope Benedict XVI created six new cardinals from four different continents, representing the Latin rite of the Catholic Church as well as two Eastern Catholic Churches.

Caritas in Lebanon Helps Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (29 November 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — When Syrian refugees arrive in Lebanon, help begins with a phone call to the U.N. refugee agency — if they can get through.

Lebanon’s Catholic Leaders Urge Peace Through Dialogue
Catholic News Service (11 December 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Catholic leaders urged their people to work toward dialogue and to reject violence and war.

Though Saddened by War, Syrian Bishop Does Not Despair
Catholic News Service (22 March 2013)
ROME (CNS) — Ministering in a time of war in his hometown, the Chaldean bishop of Aleppo, Syria, said: “Deep down, I’m not frightened, I’m not scared; I’m sad.”

Syrian Refugees Make Best of Life in Lebanon
Catholic News Service (22 March 2013)
AJALTOUN, Lebanon (CNS) — The scent of cinnamon from freshly prepared bowls of custard filled a communal kitchen at the Syriac Center before the daily meal preparations began.

Lebanese Youths Lament Violence, Emigration in Way of Cross
Catholic News Service (25 March 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meditating on Christ’s passion and the ways people contribute to his suffering, Lebanese youths lamented the ongoing emigration from and violence in the Middle East, divisions among Christians, the abuse of women and children, and other tragedy.

Maronite, Orthodox Leaders Call for Release of Kidnapped Syrian Bishops
Catholic News Service (14 June 2013)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch and Syria’s Greek Orthodox patriarch called for the release of two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria.

Archbishop in Lebanon Leads Outreach to Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (11 October 2013)
LARNACA, Cyprus (CNS) — Melkite Archbishop Issam Darwich of Zahleh and Furzol, Lebanon, knows what it’s like to be a stranger in strange land.

Amid Sadness, Refugees Hear Christmas message of Hope
Catholic News Service (24 December 2013)
BEIRUT (CNS) — More than 800 Syrian and Iraqi refugees were bused to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon for a Christmas Mass in an atmosphere of “great sadness.”

Priest Who Led Lebanon’s Caritas Heads to New Exarchate in Africa
Catholic News Service (26 March 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — From Lebanon, where he led the church’s response to one of history’s biggest humanitarian crises, Maronite Chorbishop Simon Faddoul will carry with him to Africa the motto he took when he was ordained a priest 27 years ago: “Here I am Lord, send me.”

Lebanese Bishop Says He Was Target of Failed Kidnapping
Catholic News Service (26 March 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Bishop Simon Atallah of Baalbek-Der El-Ahmar said he was the target of a failed kidnapping attempt on 22 March.

Maronite Bishops: Middle East Turmoil Threatens to Change Regional Map
Catholic News Service (24 June 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Catholic bishops expressed their concern about the war in Syria and Iraq and warned that Lebanon’s presidential vacuum poses a dangerous risk to the country, particularly amid the escalating regional turmoil that they said threatens to change the map of the Middle East.

Lebanon’s Maronite Bishops Condemn Islamist Incursions
Catholic News Service (8 August 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic bishops underscored their “full confidence” in the country’s military and security forces as the Lebanese army battled Islamist militants’ incursion into Lebanon near the border with Syria.

Catholic Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon Recall Horror of Militant Attacks
Catholic News Service (12 August 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — The memory of that brutal June evening in his home near Mosul, Iraq, brought 48-year-old Joseph, now a refugee in Lebanon, to tears.

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Planting Water, Growing Minds
Water purification in Beirut.

Explosion Near CNEWA's Beirut Office
Explosion in Beirut, Lebanon

Picture of the Day: A Saint Without Borders in Lebanon
Pilgrims from around the world pray to the saint and request his intercession. (photo: Sarah Hunter)

Back in Beirut: A Reporter Returns
Journalist Diane Handal shares her impressions of Beirut, formed while reporting on CNEWA's work with an innovative microcredit program in Lebanon.

The Dreams of a Man Named Anis
Diane Handal writes of her travels to a town north of Beirut called Amchit, where she met a remarkable man who was one beneficiary of the microcredit program.

Picture of the Day: First Communion in Dbayeh
A young girl walks along a decorated wall as she joins her friends before the start of their first communion ceremony, in the Dbayeh Palestinian refugee camp, on the northern outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon. (photo: Dalia Khamissy)

More on the President and the Patriarch
Were Maronite Patriarch Bechara and U.S. President Barack Obama scheduled to meet or not? Our good friends at Catholic News Service have dug deeper, unearthing some additional details.

A Roundup on the Patriarch and the Press
A collection of articles concerning Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai's visit to the CNEWA headquarters.

Remembering Anthony Abraham
CNEWA extends its condolences to the family of longtime donor Anthony Abraham.

Picture of the Day: Feeding the Mind and Spirit in Lebanon
Students have lunch at St. Charles School in Achrafieh located in east Beirut. 784 students, Muslim and Christian, attend St. Charles. (photo: Sarah Hunter)

Holy Cow! Meet the Sisters of Good Service
Issam Bishara visits the village of Jabbouleh to meet with the Sisters of Good Service and learn about their work.

Journey to the Holy Land: Light and Life in Lebanon
Msgr. John Kozar reports on the events of the second day of his pastoral visit to the Middle East.

Journey to the Holy Land: Water Life
CNEWA President Msgr. John Kozar reports on day three of his pastoral visit to the Middle East, focusing on water-related aid projects.

Picture of the Day: Pipe Dreams
A villager samples clean water from the new filtration system in Lebanon. (photo: Marilyn Raschka)

Picture of the Day: A Gentle Giant
Michael J. L. La Civita reflects on the life of Cardinal John Patrick Foley.

Picture of the Day: Beirut's Youth
Youth from all religious communities participate in an urban dance workshop in Beirut. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

Picture of the Day: St. Sharbel's Miracle
Nohad El Shami, who attributes her miraculous recovery from a stroke to St. Sharbel, touches a pilgrim’s head at Saint Sharbel's tomb. (photo: Sarah Hunter)

Picture of the Day: Quenching the Thirst for Life in Lebanon
Hana Habshi sits in the unfinished St. Charbel's Maronite Catholic Church in the village of Deir El Ahmar, Lebanon. (photo: Laura Boushnak)

A World Without Water
Journalist Don Duncan shares his perspective on Lebanon's water woes while reporting for the January edition of ONE magazine.

What's Behind Lebanon's Water Woes?
ONE magazine contributor Don Duncan discusses the underlying causes of Lebanon's persistent water shortage.

The Crisis of Christians in Syria
ssam Bishara, our regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, puts the situation in Syria in context.

CNEWA Donor Meets Priest She's Supported for 20 Years
CNEWA donor Mabel Caron finally meets her "priest son."

Picture of the Day: A Fruitful Vocation
Franciscan Sisters of the Cross of Lebanon pick fruit. (photo: Marilyn Raschcka)

Picture of the Day: A Refuge in Lebanon
A Syrian family arrives at an army checkpoint in northern Lebanon on 27 March. (photo: CNS/Afif Diab, Reuters)

Picture of the Day: Learning in Lebanon
In this photo taken in 2008, children engage with their teacher at St. Charles School in eastern Beirut, Lebanon. (photo: Sarah Hunter )

Picture of the Day: Greetings from Lebanon
Msgr. John E. Kozar, CNEWA president, Archbishop George Bakhouny and Father Guido Gockel, visit with CNEWA staff in the New York headquarters. (photo: Erin Edwards)

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Picture of the Day: Students Reaching for the Top in Lebanon
dents play at St. Charles School in Achrafieh located in east Beirut. (photo: Sarah Hunter)

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Picture of the Day: Helping Children in Lebanon
A resident of the Divine House in Zahle, Lebanon takes a break from playtime. (photo: Gabriel Delmonaco)

Vatican: Pope Visit to Lebanon Still on Schedule
The crisis in Syria hasn't changed plans for the papal trip, according to the Holy See.

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Picture of the Day: A School "as Diverse as Lebanon"
A first–year design student takes a break from studying at Notre Dame University in Lebanon. (photo: CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

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Picture of the Day: Greetings from Lebanon!
With Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon just a week away, anticipation in the country is growing.

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Parsing the Plotlines
John Allen discusses the framing of the pope's upcoming trip to Lebanon.

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Msgr. Kozar Joins Pope in Lebanon
Tom Gallagher of the National Catholic Reporter interviews CNEWA President Msgr. John E. Kozar on the pope's visit to Lebanon.

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Take Five: Making a Difference in the Middle East
Pope Benedict XVI is being received throughout the Middle East as a herald of peace and hope.

Messenger of Peace: The Pontiff Arrives
Today is the day that millions of people in Lebanon and the Middle East have been waiting for.

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Messenger of Peace: "Holy Father, Help Us to Be One Church"
Msgr. John Kozar reports on the events of his trip to Lebanon for the pope's pastoral visit.

Messenger of Peace: Communion and Love
Msgr. John Kozar reports on the events of his trip to Lebanon for the pope's pastoral visit.

Picture of the Day: Communion and Witness
Pope Benedict XVI signs the apostolic exhortation at the Melkite Greek Catholic Basilica of St. Paul in Harissa, Lebanon, on 14 September.

"Charity is the Language That Everybody Can Understand"
CNEWA received a visit today from His Beatitude, Archbishop Foaud Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

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"It's Worth It to Seek Some Kind of Unity"
CNEWA's Msgr. John Kozar was in Canada last week for the meeting the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Take Five: 5 Ideas in the Apostolic Exhortation
Pope Benedict XVI had a lot to say to the people of the Middle East on a wide range of topics.

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Picture of the Day: Shock in Lebanon
A woman is helped by a Lebanese soldier following an explosion in central Beirut on 19 October.

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More CNEWA Cardinals
Pope Benedict XVI today announced the naming of six new cardinals, including two with whom CNEWA works closely.

Picture of the Day: Seeking Refuge
Syrian children who fled the violence in Homs, Syria, sit outside a tent in the hillside town of Arsal, Lebanon. (photo: CNS/Mohamed Azakir, Reuters)

Picture of the Day: Pressing Issues
Last December, Monsignor John Kozar visited olive processing mill in Kobayat, Lebanon during his pastoral visit to the Middle East.

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2012: It's A Wrap
We’ve just posted online the final issue of ONE for 2012.

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Picture of the Day: Forbidden Fruit?
Violette Elias squeezes pomegranates to make molasses at her orchard in Kafarchakna. (photo: Dalia Khamissy)

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Farmhouse and Home
Writer Don Duncan shares a scene from Violette Elias's farm in northern Lebanon.

Pope Assigns Lebanese Cardinal to Key Curia Positions
Days after asking Cardinal Bechara Peter Rai to prepare the Way of the Cross for Rome’s Coliseum on Good Friday, Pope Benedict XVI announced the cardinal’s assignments to the Roman Curia.

A Taste of Lebanon
Don Duncan shares Lebanese recipes involving pomegranates.

Picture of the Day: Pope of Peace
Pope Benedict XVI is welcomed to Bkerke, Lebanon, by Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter. (photo: John E. Kozar)

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Who Will Help the Syrians?
Bradley H. Kerr shares an update on the status of the people of Syria and how CNEWA is working to provide assistance.

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Picture of the Day: The Middle East's Way of the Cross
Jesus falls the first time, the third Station of the Cross, is depicted in the prayer book for the Way of the Cross service on Good Friday at Rome's Colosseum. (image: CNS)

Picture of the Day: Daily Bread
Several years ago, we took a bite out of Lebanon — looking at some of the unique foods of the land of cedars.

Catholic-Muslim Marriage: Happily Ever After?
The Vatican is taking a closer look at the challenges facing couples from different faiths who marry.

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Lebanon: Land of Refuge
In the Spring 2013 issue of ONE, journalist Don Duncan writes about Syrian refugees settling in Lebanon. Below, he offers some further reflections.

Picture of the Day: “War Is Like Fire”
The Azar family prepares dinner in an empty lot in Al Qaa, Lebanon, where they have sought refuge from the war in Syria. (photo: Tamara Hadi)

Picture of the Day: Little Shepherd
A shepherd tends his flock in Anjar, Lebanon (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: Lebanon Comes to Canada
A Lebanese family dances at an engagement party. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

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Picture of the Day: Holy Hollywood
A mural depicting the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin and Mount Ararat adorns a brick wall in Hollywood’s “Little Armenia.” (photo: Armineh Johannes)

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Picture of the Day: Solitude Sublime
Father Dario Escobar prays in the Hermitage of St. Hawqa in Lebanon’s Qadisha Valley. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

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Picture of the Day: Praying for Peace
Flooded with Syrian Christian refugees, Al Qaa's Greek Catholic church in Lebanon is often filled to capacity.

Picture of the Day: Coffee Break
In Lebanon, strong coffee sweetened to taste is served in the traditional manner. (photo: Marilyn Raschka)

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Picture of the Day: Voices of Armenia
The haunting melodies of the Armenian liturgy are chanted by a Bourj Hammoud choir. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: Miter Makers
At the Bird’s Nest, an Armenian orphanage in Lebanon, women make miters and vestments. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Making Friends in the Bekaa Valley
CNEWA’s president, Msgr. John E. Kozar, and chief communications officer, Michael La Civita, are making a round of pastoral visits in Lebanon this week.

Candles and Loofas
CNEWA Chief Communications Officer Michael La Civita shares details from his ongoing trip to Lebanon, Armenia and Georgia.

Picture of the Day: Distressed Demesne
An Armenian farmer in Anjar, Lebanon, displays some of his produce. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

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Picture of the Day: Helping to Hoof It
In this 2007 image, 26-year-old Hanna Mouhamma, a beneficiary of CNEWA's microcredit program, walks with a young calf on his farm in northeastern Lebanon. (photo: Sarah Hunter)

Picture of the Day: Faith and Fortitude
Iraqi refugees celebrate the liturgy in Amman. (photo: Nader Daoud)

Picture of the Day: Letters From Armenia
Antranig Chakerian transformed the walls of his house in Anjar, Lebanon, into a canvas for icons, images and poems dedicated to his ancestral homeland: historic Armenia. (photo: Dalia Khamissy)

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“I Hope I Can Make a Positive Contribution”
Mira Kaldany, a 25-year-old woman from Lebanon, has been volunteering at CNEWA's New York offices. Here, she writes about her background and her experience.

Power of Grace
Michael La Civita and Msgr. Kozar visit Lebanon, February-March 2014.

Picture of the Day: In the Shadow of War, a Smile
The Azar family, refugees from Syria, now live in the village of Al Qaa in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. (photo: Tamara Hadi)

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Picture of the Day: Head of the Class
Several years ago, we profiled Catholic schools that were making a difference in Lebanon.

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Picture of the Day: A Child’s View of War
Alaa, a 7-year-old from Homs, Syria, holds up a drawing depicting events in his hometown. (photo: Tamara Hadi)

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A Visit to the Valley:
Life Among Refugees in Lebanon

Journalist Diane Handal reflects on reporting on Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley.

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Picture of the Day: Youth Movement
In this photo from 2009, two years before Syria’s civil war, youth in Aleppo participate in a dance workshop hosted by an organization that uses sports to bridge sectarian divides. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

Good Shepherds, Good Sports
ONE contributor Diane Handal shares a message from Sister Micheline Lattouff of the Lebanese Sisters of the Good Shepherd, currently working with a large population of Syrian refugees.

Picture of the Day: Tending Southern Lebanon
A shepherd walks his flock out to graze in Deir Mimas village, in southern Lebanon. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

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Picture of the Day: Taking Flight
A Lebanese army soldier carries a young refugee fleeing the violence in Syria in the Lebanese border town of Arsal, Lebanon, on 6 August. (photo: CNS/Hassan Abdallah)

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from CNEWA Connections

Going Polar to Warm Young Hearts
(From CNEWA Connections February 2012)

Fostering Education and Opportunities in Lebanon
(From CNEWA Connections May 2012)


(From CNEWA Connections NOVEMBER 2012)


(From CNEWA Connections DECEMBER 2012)