from ONE

On Jordan’s Bank
by Nicholas Seeley
(From ONE magazine January 2011)
The Hashemites lead in preserving Christianity’s holiest sites

Caught in the Middle
by Michele Chabin
(From ONE magazine March 2010)
A minority within a minority, Israel’s Arab Christians muddle through

Rebuilding a Sure Foundation
by Nicholas Seeley with photographs by Joseph Zakarian
(From ONE magazine July 2010)
Jordan’s Orthodox schools regain their former standing

(From ONE magazine September 2010)
A modern state with ancient roots

(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Kingdom of the Hashemites

by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Caught in the Middle

by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine January 2009)
Middle East Christians on the Move

Aleppo: A Syrian Mosaic
by Spencer Osberg
(From ONE magazine November 2009)
An ancient city is home to diverse faith communities

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

by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine May 2011)

by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine March 2011)
Cover Story

by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine January 2010)
False Witness

by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine May 2008)

by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine January 2008)

Upper Egypt’s Copts
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2002)
Coptic Christians strive to improve the lot of all Egyptians.

Peaceful Coexistence in the City of Mosaics
text by Caroline Faraj
photographs by Youssef Alan
(From CNEWA WORLD May – June 2001)
The Christian and Muslim communities of Madaba, Jordan, together share their joys and sorrows.

Papal Pilgrimage of Peace
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East May – June 2000)
Pope John Paul II brings his message of justice and peace to the people of the Holy Land.

The Life of a Leader
by Peg Maron
(From Catholic Near East July – August 2000)
We remember our President, John Cardinal O’Connor.

An Antiochene Legacy: Greek Orthodoxy in Syria
text and photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1999)
In spite of emigration, Syria’s Greek Orthodox Church remains a vital Christian force.

The Presbyterian Church in the Middle East
text and photographs by Rev. Kenneth Bailey, Th.D.
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1999)
While small, the Presbyterian movement has for more than a century affected the lives of generations in the Middle East.

Spotlight: Coptic Women
text by Sarah Topol with photographs by Holly Pickett
(From ONE magazine September 2011)
Christian women in Egypt

Preparing Palestinians for a New Millennium
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1998)
Bethlehem University’s faculty and students look forward to the next millennium.

Learning to Live Together
text by Michele Chabin
photographs by Miriam Sushman
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1997)
In the quiet following the Israeli-Arab conflict, dialogue workshops surface in an effort to improve relations between Arabs and Jews.

The Nature of Dialogue
by Brother David Carroll, F.S.C., Ph.D.
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1995)
A discussion of the complex yet essential process of ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.

We Believe in One God…
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1994)
The believing Christian and the believing Muslim have more in common than they may at first realize.

The World of Islam
by Brother Austin David Carroll, F.S.C.
photos by Tom Stevens
(From Catholic Near East October 1991)
With the world’s current focus on the turbulent Middle East, the author discusses its predominant faith.

The Melkite Messenger
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East July 1990)
Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch, Maximos V Hakim, discusses his church’s movement toward reunion.

Serving in the Spirit of Francis
by Charles E. Adelsen
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1986)
Archbishop John H. Boccella, Minister General of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, strives to promote mutual understanding and appreciation between the Muslims and Christians of Turkey.

A Bridge to Modern Life
text by Nicholas Seeley with photographs by Tanya Habjouqa
(From ONE May 2012)
Faith holds together Jordan’s last Christian villages

from News

Archbishop Joins Peace Vigil at Michigan Mosque
Catholic News Service (27 April 2011)
Saying he came as a “voice of peace,” Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron joined hundreds of religious leaders at a Holy Thursday vigil outside an Islamic center to condemn intolerance and hatred toward Muslims.

10,000 Christians and Muslims Rally for India’s Dalits
Catholic News Service (1 August 2011)
NEW DELHI (CNS) — A rally by Christians and Muslims demanding equal rights for their dalit members blocked traffic in the main streets of the capital for several hours July 28.

Turkey Returns Properties to Non-Muslim Religious
Catholic News Service (31 August 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Turkish prime minister’s announcement that the government will return hundreds of properties confiscated from non-Muslim religious groups or compensate the groups for properties sold to third parties is “a historic decision,” said the Vatican nuncio to Turkey.

U.S. Muslims Ten Years After 9/11
Catholic News Service (12 September 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — A decade after the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, led to a backlash against Muslims, many Americans are still uncomfortable with followers of Islam and think its teachings are at odds with American values.

Muslim Students in Indonesia Invite Pope
Catholic News Service (13 September 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Leaders of Indonesia’s largest Muslim student group came to the Vatican to extend an invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to speak at a conference in Bali in 2012.

Pope Addresses Muslims
Catholic News Service (27 September 2011)
BERLIN (CNS) — Believers in God have a contribution to make toward building a better world marked by respect for each human being, Pope Benedict XVI told representatives of Germany’s Muslim communities.

Interreligious Encounter in Assisi
Catholic News Service (14 October 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Slowly and carefully, the Vatican is setting the stage for the third edition of the interreligious “prayer for peace” encounter in the Italian pilgrimage town of Assisi.

Christian-Muslim Rift in Egypt
Catholic News Service (4 November 2011)
FRIBOURG, Switzerland (CNS) — The patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt blamed Islamic fundamentalists for the increasing number of attacks on Christians and criticized a growing division between Muslims and Christians since the country’s February revolution.

Turkey Consults Christians on Constitution
Catholic News Service (5 March 2012)
ROME (CNS) — A Catholic archbishop welcomed a Turkish government decision to consult Christian leaders on a new constitution.

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.

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.

Egypt’s Christians Cautious About Islamist’s Victory
Catholic News Service (26 June 2012)
CAIRO (CNS) — Christians expressed caution about the election of Islamist Mohammed Morsi as Egypt’s new president, saying they hope he will follow through on his pledge “to be a president for all Egyptians.”

Jesuit Expelled From Syria Calls for Regime Change
Catholic News Service (19 July 2012)
ROME (CNS) — Italian Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio was expelled from Syria in mid-June after he intensified his public calls for democratic change in the country.

What Catholics Can Learn During Ramadan
Catholic News Service (23 July 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which started July 20 in many countries, is a time of fasting, prayer and repentance, when Muslims distance themselves from worldly activities in an effort to align their lives more closely with God and his laws.

Young Christians and Muslims Must Work Together
Catholic News Service (6 August 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Yearning and working for freedom and peace, young Christians and Muslims must be patient and persistent, recognizing that violence or other apparent “short cuts” that harm others will never lead to justice and lasting peace, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.

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.

Religious Strife in India
Catholic News Service (24 August 2012)
BANGALORE, India (CNS) — The government of Assam state has sought church support to help victims of the conflict between ethnic Bodos and Muslim migrants that has left at least 80 dead and more than 400,000 homeless.

Christian-Muslim Dialogue in Egypt
Catholic News Service (11 September 2012)
AL-MUKHALFA, Egypt (CNS) — On a recent summer evening, the local representative of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood party paid a visit to the almost entirely Coptic Catholic village of Al-Mukhalfa, known as “Little Rome” deep in Egypt’s south.

Film Unsettles Muslims, Christians in Egypt
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
CAIRO (CNS) — As tear-gas bearing police battled Egyptians armed with stones in front of Cairo’s U.S. Embassy, Rashad was two neighborhoods away, making sure the few evening costumers respected the line at the Mobinil cellphone company where he works.

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.

Bosnia’s Catholic Leaders Decry Injustices
Catholic News Service (20 September 2012)
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — Catholic leaders in Bosnia-Herzegovina said real ethnic and religious dialogue is not occurring and not all religions have equal rights.

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.

Vatican on Saudi-backed Interfaith Center
Catholic News Service (27 November 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A new Saudi-backed interfaith center will provide an opportunity for the church to promote religious freedom for Christians and others around the world, said the head of the Vatican's office for interreligious dialogue.

Assaults on Armenian Women in Istanbul Unsettle Christians, Muslims
Catholic News Service (31 January 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — As a light snow fell, Bahija Geyimli exited Immaculate Conception Armenian Catholic Church after Mass in the Samatya neighborhood, the heart of Istanbul’s Armenian community. If recent attacks in the area had scared her, she wasn’t showing it.

Muslim Leaders Hopeful for Better Relations with Catholics
Catholic News Service (18 March 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Muslims leaders expressed hopes the new pope would help improve relations between Muslims and Catholics.

Faith Inspires Priest’s Passion for Christian-Muslim Dialogue
Catholic News Service (3 April 2013)
CAIRO (CNS) — On a recent afternoon in Cairo, Comboni Father Giuseppe Scattolin was delving into 13th-century Sufi poems at his desk in the single room he inhabits, on an upper floor of a building that also houses an Arabic language school and its related administrative offices.

Sectarian Strife Scaring Away Egypt’s Christians
Catholic News Service (11 April 2013)
CAIRO (CNS) — Mounting sectarian violence in Egypt is pushing tens of thousands of Egyptian Christians to look for security abroad, say Christian community members, church leaders and aid workers.

Small Acts of Faith Vital to Israeli Village
Catholic News Service (18 July 2013)
MUQEIBLEH, Israel (CNS) — Every evening, Suhad Shunnara, 32, reads the Bible to her three sons and kneels with them to say the rosary. On Friday, she and her husband, Fuad, 40, send the children to religion class, and on Saturday, after Mass, they all watch a Christian TV channel together.

Nuncio: Syria’s War Creates Havoc, Priest’s Whereabouts Unknown
Catholic News Service (30 July 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The war in Syria is like a factory churning out nothing but death, destruction and suffering, said Archbishop Mario Zenari, Vatican nuncio to Syria.

C.R.S. Program in Egypt to Help Muslims, Christians Avert Strife
Catholic News Service (13 December 2013)
CAIRO (CNS) — Select Muslims and Christians in Egypt are participating in a development project designed to avert further sectarian violence after a surge in clashes between the two religious groups.

Cardinal: Muslims, Christians Work for Peace in War Zones
Catholic News Service (21 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians and Muslims should work together to bring peace and reconciliation, especially where the two communities face “the horror of war,” said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.

Committee Says Church Remains Committed to Dialogue With Muslims, Others
Catholic News Service (20 August 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs said the Catholic Church remains committed to dialogue with leaders of other religions and Muslims in particular.

Church Cracks Down on Catholics Ensnared in Murderous Code of Revenge
Catholic News Service (4 September 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hidden beneath Albania’s long legacy of interreligious harmony and peace lie the turmoil and bloodshed of an ancient vigilante code that affects thousands of families, many of them Catholic.

Christian, Muslim Leaders Vow to ‘Walk Hand in Hand’
Catholic News Service (5 December 2014)
ROME (CNS) — Catholic, Anglican, Sunni and Shiite leaders vowed to do all they can to combat “ugly and hideous” distortions of religion, and to involve more women — often the first victims of violence — in official interreligious dialogues.

Bishops Urge Arab, Muslim Countries to Preserve Christian Presence
Catholic News Service (16 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Catholic bishops urged Arab and Muslim countries to combat terrorism in order to preserve the Christian presence in the Middle East.

Brother of Slain Aid Worker Talks With Pope About Dialogue, Respect
Catholic News Service (27 March 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After Pope Francis encouraged him and pledged his prayers, Michael Haines was able to tell the pope about his work to promote interreligious dialogue and mutual respect, particularly between Christians and Muslims.

Jordanian Priest: Muslims Need to See Christians Visit Holy Land
Catholic News Service (24 April 2015)
MA’IN, Jordan (CNS) — Muslims, more than 90 percent of Jordan’s population, need to see Christians visit the country’s biblical sites, said the Melkite Catholic priest who established the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center.

Cardinal: Christians, Muslims ‘Still Don’t Know Each Other Well Enough’
Catholic News Service (21 May 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — “Despite 50 years of ‘Nostra Aetate,’ ” the Second Vatican Council’s document on interreligious relations, “we still don’t know each other well enough,” said French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Muslim Leader Praises 50-Year-Old Church Document on Religious Dialogue
Catholic News Service (21 May 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic Church leaders and scholars are not the only ones praising the 50-year-old church document “Nostra Aetate” (“In Our Time”), the Second Vatican Council’s declaration on relations with non-Christian religions.

Pray for Justice, Terrorists Who Kill in Name of God, Says Cardinal
Catholic News Service (19 June 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians and Muslims should pray for those who have “deviated from the true path of life” and kill in the name of religion, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.

from Blog Content

Remembering 9/11: “Love is more powerful than hate”
Rev. Elias D. Mallon, S.A. recounts his experience on 9/11/01, and reflects on the challenges of that day and the days since.

Pope to Muslims: ‘There can be a fruitful collaboration’
The pope meets with members of Germany's Muslim community, advocating inter-religious unity.

In Palestine, A Town Where Christians and Muslims Are Good Neighbors
Sami El-Yousef recounts his visit to a city in Palestine with a large Christian representation and a strong spirit of inter-religious cooperation.

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

The Other Man From Galilee
Father Elias Mallon discusses meeting Archbishop Elias Chacour at a recent symposium organized by the Sheptytsky Institute and CNEWA.

"War on Christians"?
CNEWA Vice President Michael J. La Civita critiques a recent Newsweek cover story on violence against Christians.

What About Muslims and Minorities?
Father Elias Mallon reports on a symposium on Islam and minorities at Georgetown University's Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.

An American Priest in Cairo
Father Douglas May discusses the work he does to foster understanding between people of different faiths and cultures.

Expelling Peacemakers
The Syrian government has expelled Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian Jesuit and vocal advocate for peace and understanding.

Christian Leaders in Egypt Voice Hope
Last weekend's historic election in Egypt has prompted cautiously optimistic reactions from Christian leaders in the country.

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What Can Catholics Learn from Muslims?
A Benedictine priest spoke with Catholic News Service and suggested that one important lesson may lie in the style of prayer.

Picture of the Day: Greetings from the Vatican in Arabic
A priest reads in Arabic during Pope Benedict XVI's weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on 10 October. (photo: CNS/Max Rossi, Reuters)

The Middle East, 50 Years After Vatican II
In the current issue of ONE, we chat with Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, apostolic nuncio to Egypt, about the legacy of the council and, in particular, Catholic relations with Islam.

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Ma'brouk, Bishop Marwan!
Today, a good friend of CNEWA, Maronite Father Marwan Tabet, was named bishop of the eparchy of Saint-Maron de Montreal of the Maronites by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Picture of the Day: Benedict and Islam
Pope Benedict XVI and Mustafa Cagrici, the grand mufti of Istanbul, pray in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. (photo: CNS/Patrick Hertzog, Pool via Reuters)

Picture of the Day: Behold the Ethiopian
Ethiopian children gather on a rural hillside. (photo: Christian Molidor, R.S.M.)

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Picture of the Day: “Respect the Religion of the Other”
Muslims take part in prayers during the I'tikaf, a spiritual retreat in a mosque that is usually held during the last 10 days of Ramadan. (photo: CNS/Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters)

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Picture of the Day: A Little Ethiopian
In this image from 2007, a child greets visitors to the ancient Muslim city of Harar in Ethiopia. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

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Picture of the Day: Costumes and Customs
Students perform a folklore dance at the Franciscan School in Abou Kir, Egypt. (photo: Sean Sprague)

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How Islamic Law Affects Christian Orphans in Egypt
In the winter edition of ONE magazine, contributor Amal Morcos visits two child care institutions in Egypt helping vulnerable children. She offers some additional perspectives below.

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Friday Film Festival:
Common Ground in Egypt

This week, we revisit Izbet Chokor, a village of Christians and Muslims about 60 miles southwest of Cairo.