from ONE

What’s Next for Ukraine’s Villages?
text by Mariya Tytarenko
(From ONE magazine March 2011)
Memories and traditions fade in Ukraine’s heartland

Syria’s Christian Valley
by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine January 2011)
A historically Christian enclave adapts and thrives

Those Who Remain Behind
by Jacqueline Ruyak
(From ONE magazine January 2009)
Though small and isolated, Jakubany stands as a citadel of faith

Purakkad’s Natural Harmony
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine May 2009)
Images capture life in a sleepy village as modernization looms

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

A Priest With Global Reach
by Jomi Thomas and Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine May 2008)
A pastor in southern India tackles unemployment and poverty

Rooted in Wood
by Jacqueline Ruyak with photographs by Andrej Bán
(From ONE magazine May 2008)
Exploring Slovakia’s wooden churches

Echoes of Jesus From Syria’s Mountains
by Mitchell Prothero
(From ONE magazine May 2008)
A village celebrates its ancient Christian heritage

12 Years of Perseverance
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine September 2005)
In fits and starts, an Ethiopian village builds a church

Village Priests
text by Paul Wachter
photographs by Cody Christopulos
(From ONE magazine November 2005)
Formed to live as one with the people

Santhithadam: Kerala’s Brave New Frontier
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2003)
Remote Indian valley is now home to a band of Christian pioneers

Easter by the Quiet Stream
text and photographs by Jacqueline Ruyak
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2001)
Easter in the Slovak village of Tichy Potok reveals traditional customs as well as the strong faith of its villagers.

So Close, Yet So Far
text and photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2001)
The ruins of Armenia’s ancient capital of Ani are a stone’s throw from Ani Pemza village. Prosperity, however, is a long way off.

Finding Unity in Diversity
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2001)
Located near the southern tip of India, Pinkulam village stands as a model of harmony.

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.

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.

Pastoring a Pastoral Georgian Village
text and photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1998)
Revived after the fall of Communism, a village parish thrives under the caring hand of Father Anatole Ivaniuk.

Healing the Sick in Gorakhpur
text by Lark Ellen Gould
photographs by Ilene Perlman
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1998)
The healthcare work of the Syro-Malabar Eparchy of Gorakhpur delivers hope and relief to the sick of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Lessons Over Coffee
by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1998)
Jordan’s Bedouin Christian community strives to maintain its rich faith and heritage.

Life in a Coptic Catholic Village
text by Jessica Jones
photographs by Mohammed El-Dakhakhny
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1997)
A priest’s weekly visits to a remote Egyptian village provide support and hope.

Despair in the Russian Village
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1997)
A visit to the village of Vazhini and encounters with some of its despondent residents.

Road to Paradise: Under Construction
by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1997)
Four villages in post-war Lebanon benefit from CNEWA’s Beirut office relief and resettlement program.

Armenia’s Golden Opportunity
text and photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1997)
The Armenian Apostolic Church has become a necessary force in preserving the identity of Armenia.

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.

Our Lady of Guadalupe – Of Bir Zeit?
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1996)
A profile of a vibrant Palestinian parish dedicated to Mexico’s patroness.

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.

An Ugly Duckling Called Zaidel
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1996)
A profile of a Syrian village that is a diamond in the rough.

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.

Holiness in the Eritrean Highlands
text by David Orr
photos by Seamus Murphy
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1995)
A visit to Debra Bizen, Eritrea’s oldest and most famous Christian monastery.

The Ripple Effect of Peace
text by the Rev. William D. Corcoran
photographs by Miriam Sushman
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1995)
The Muslim village of Bakoura in Jordan benefits from a new friendship with CNEWA.

The Christians of Ain Arik
text and photos by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1994)
Christians in the village of Ain Arik.

A Phoenix Rises from the Ashes
by Peg Maron
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1994)
The church is free to operate in the former communist bloc. In this article we learn how some Americans are helping the church to flourish there.

A Fish in the Desert
text by the Rev. William D. Corcoran
photos by Miriam Sushman
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1994)
An ancient village in Jordan strives to maintain its identity in an increasingly technological society.

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.

A Missionary Church Goes on Mission
by Michael J.L. La Civita
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East January 1992)
India’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is finding new ways to minister to its far-flung people.

Human Development, India Style
text and photos by Jan Phillips
(From Catholic Near East April 1991)
An integrated development project in Bihar helps one community gain independence and dignity.

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.

The Traveling Shepherd of Tinos
by Mark Leeds
photos by Dee Leeds
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1988)
Father Roccos Psaltis tends to the spiritual needs of the Greek Catholic population of this beautiful isle.

Fisher-Children of the Nile
text and photos by Lucinda Kidd
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1987)
An Egyptian family creates its own warmth on a winter day as its members work and play.

These Trees Will Nourish Our Future
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1987)
The fate of olive trees in the occupied West Bank is a matter of justice and peace.

Oil Worthy of the Bible
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1987)
Each autumn, the harvest from gnarled olive trees yields one of life’s simple luxuries, olive oil.

Lefkaritika: Delicate Lace of Cyprus
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1987)
A traditional handicraft revives the community spirit of a small village in Cyprus.

Life Grows From the Land
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1987)
The daily routine of native farmers of the Holy Land has remained unchanged for centuries.

The Splendor of Syrian Handicrafts
text and photos by Habeeb Salloum
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1986)
Ancient techniques and a dedication to their heritage fuels artists of Syrian handicrafts.

“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.

Finding Family Among the Tribals
text and photos by Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1986)
A Christian mission strives to lend a hand to remote tribal villages in India.

Anatolian Headdresses – A Language to Wear
by Kenneth Cline
photos by Chuck Wells
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1986)
A profile of the lost art of Turkish Anatolian headdresses.

St. Paul in Corinth – Bearing Faith to a Worldly City
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1986)
St. Paul brings Christianity to the turbulent, historic city of Corinth.

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

A Special Apostolate in Sion
by Norman A. Rubin
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1985)
The Sisters of Our Lady of Sion are Christians with Jewish roots in the Holy Land.

Easter in Olimbos: A Living Museum
text and photos by Joseph F. Viesti
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1984)
Easter for a tiny Greek village is a slice of Byzantine history.

Symbols of Faith
text and photos by Richard C. Walker
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1984)
On the west coast of India, the state of Goa is awash with the faith of its Christians.

The Garden of Eden Today
text and photos by Jamie Simson
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1984)
The region once known as Mesopotamia exists today as a melange of customs reflecting the time of Abraham as well as modern life.

The Aegean Pearls
by Charles A. Frazee
photos: courtesy, Greek National Tourist Board
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1982)
A group of Greek islands brings its history and culture to our world.

A New Home With a New Family
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD November – December 2003)
A village community is providing hope for homeless in rural India

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.

Mary’s Land In Greece
by Katerina Katsarka Whitley
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1980)
An island in the Cyclades is revered for its miracles.

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

Kerala’s Spice Coast
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE May 2012)
The ancient trade that brought St. Thomas to India remains big business

New Reality, Same Artistry
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2004)
Artists from a famed Russian village revive their spiritual heritage

A Bit of Poland in Turkey
by Charles E. Adelsen
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1979)
A small village in Turkey adheres to its Polish roots.

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

from News

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.

Beer Festival Offers “Peaceful Resistance” to Middle East Conflicts
Catholic News Service (21 September 2015)
TAYBEH, West Bank (CNS) — As Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem once again became embroiled in violence, locals and guests in Taybeh were enjoying ice-cold beers, grilled meats, frosted doughnuts and throbbing music as the all-Christian Palestinian village celebrated its 11th Oktoberfest.

from Blog Content

Picture of the Day: Hat's Off to India's Priests
Boys at Bhorathannoor Ambeaker Harigen Colony show off hats the village sells in larger towns. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

Picture of the Day: Syria Before the Turmoil
Maaloula the last remaining village in Syria where Aramaic is still spoken. The majority of the population are Christian. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Hospitality in Hmoud
Journalist Nicholas Seeley details his visit to the fully Christian village of Hmoud, in Jordan.

Picture of the Day: Remnants of Ukrainian Village Life
Olha Tomkiv, Daryna Palykh and Iryna Tomkiv come together for a family reunion. (photo: Petro Didula)

Picture of the Day: Artists Thinking Outside the Box
Artist Andrei Arapov chose folklore and imperial authority as themes for this lacquered box.

Picture of the Day: Copts in Egypt Worry About the Future
A Coptic priest celebrates the liturgy at a church in Deir Azra, a Christian village in Upper Egypt. (photo: Holly Pickett)

Picture of the Day: Back to the Garden in Armenia
Azaduht Babek, right, and Canik Capar harvest tomatoes in Vakifli, Turkey. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: Two Generations, Growing Together
Two generations in western Ukraine work together to harvest one of fall's most beloved crops. (photo: Petro Didula)

Picture of the Day: Multitudes
A Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest administers Communion outside the Basilian monastery in Krekhiv, north of Lviv. (photo: Petro Didula)

Picture of the Day: Life with Father
Father Volodymyr Havrylenko blesses a traditional Ukrainian meal before eating with his wife, Halia, and two daughters, Oksanka and Sofika, at their home in Yavoriv, a town eight miles from the Polish border. (photo: Petro Didula)

Picture of the Day: Shall We Dance?
An elderly couple dance at an event organized by a local social club in the Slovak village of Jakubany. (photo: Andrej Bán)

Picture of the Day: Christian Roots in a Once-Fertile Land
In 2004, writer Marlin Dick and photographer Armineh Johannes spent a week in the Houran capturing the lives of these Christians who tilled the same soil as their Roman ancestors, inhabited Roman houses and worshiped in ancient Byzantine churches.

Picture of the Day: Grazeyard Scene
A shepherd watches over her flock in Noraduze cemetery, near Sevan, Armenia. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: The Faces of Syria
In this image from 2010, a woman and her granson pose in the village of Aklaimi, Wadi al Nasarah, in the "Valley of the Christians," near Homs. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: Cold and Hungary
An elderly woman braves the harsh winter in Nyírascád, a village of 4,400. (photo: Balasz Gardi)

Picture of the Day: On This Rock
Copts attend a liturgy at St. Simon the Tanner Church, carved out of a cave in Egypt. (photo: Dana Smillie)

Picture of the Day: Just a Memory
Just nine years ago, ONE magazine visited Ezraa, reporting on its Christian community centered on its ancient Byzantine churches.

'Beauty and Breathtaking Generosity' in Georgia
Note: Photojournalist Molly Corso lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia, and wrote about one community of Georgians in the Autumn edition of ONE.

Picture of the Day: Staying Power
Oseni Khalajian, a pensioner living in Eshtia, belongs to a community of Armenian Catholics descended from Armenians who fled to Georgia to escape the Turkish mass murder. (photo: Molly Corso)

Climbing the Caucasus: A Land Where Time Has Stood Still
CNEWA Chief Communications Officer Michael La Civita shares details from his ongoing trip to Lebanon, Armenia and Georgia.

Journey Through the South Caucasus:
“Help Me Save My Village”

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

Journey Through the South Caucasus: A Land of Contrasts
CNEWA Chief Communications Officer Michael La Civita shares details from his ongoing trip to Lebanon, Armenia and Georgia.

Picture of the Day: New Beginning in an Ancient Church
A young couple is married in the ancient Gelati Monastery church in Georgia. (photo: Michael La Civita)

Picture of the Day: White Christmas in Ukraine
In this image from 2004, snow drapes the church in Kosmach, a village in the Carpathian Mountains, during the Christmas Day liturgy. (photo: Petro Didula)

Picture of the Day: In Ukraine, Braving the Storm
Two young carolers go out on Christmas Eve in Kosmach, Ukraine. (photo: Petro Didula)

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)

Picture of the Day: Holidays With the Hutsuls
Four young carolers pose in their home-made costumes in front of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Kosmach, Ukraine. (photo: Petro Didula)

Picture of the Day: Moving Forward
Women in India have benefited from numerous initiatives of the village of San Joe Puram, including efforts to improve literacy, sanitation and water access. (photo: John Mathew)

Picture of the Day: Hanging Out in Hodasz
Elderly Roma men sit and chat together in the main square of the Roma neighborhood in Hodasz, 240 miles east of Budapest, Hungary. (photo: Balazs Gardi)

Picture of the Day: Deep Roots in Southern Syria
The pastor of St. Elias Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Ezraa points out the Roman-era foundation of the sixth-century church. (photo: Mitchell Prothero)

Picture of the Day: Armenian Life
A woman pauses on her way home in an Armenian village. (photo: courtesy Caritas Armenia)

Picture of the Day: Seminar Sister
Sister Femily Jose of the Sisters of the Destitute leads a self-help group in a village in eastern Kerala. (photo: Don Duncan)

Picture of the Day: At Home in the Grove
A Palestinian family harvests olives in a valley east of the West Bank city of Nablus. (photo: Ahikam Seri)

Picture of the Day: Faces of Faith
Armenian Catholics in the southern Georgian village of Djulgha gather for the Divine Liturgy. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: The Youth of a Venerable People
Children socialize outside St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Ader, Jordan. (photo: Nader Daoud)