from ONE

by David M. Petras
(From ONE magazine September 2005)
Light of the East: One Decade Later

by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine May 2009)

by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine March 2007)
Priceless Oysters

Upon This Rock
text by Chorbishop John D. Faris, J.C.O.D.
photographs by Arturo Mari
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1999)
A discussion of the controversial yet possible unity for the churches of East and West.

by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine September 2011)
On Being catholic

One and Many Churches
by Chorbishop John D. Faris, J.C.O.D.
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1998)
The evolution and history of the Eastern churches, Catholic and Orthodox.

Ecclesial Biodiversity
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1998)
The rich diversity of the Eastern churches is an endangered part of our common Christian patrimony.

European Russia’s Latin Catholics
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1997)
Amidst a new religious freedom in post-Communist Russia, the Latin Catholic Church can minister openly to its faithful – and attract some new members.

Standing Tall
by Brother Vincent Pelletier, F.S.C.
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1997)
The Eastern Catholic Church in Eritrea perseveres and progresses as it ministers to its people.

The Last Tiara
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1997)
A reflection on the symbolism of the last tiara used at the coronation of Pope Paul VI in 1963.

Celebrating Mary in Jerusalem
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1996)
Catholics in Jerusalem celebrate their love for the Blessed Virgin during the Feast of the Visitation.

by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1996)
Understanding what “pope” is all about.

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.

Detours on the Road to Unity
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1995)
How do the churches of the world live and grow without hindering each other?

Balamand and Beyond: The State of Catholic-Orthodox Relations
by the Rev. Ronald G. Roberson, C.S.P.
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1995)
An international dialogue at a monastery in Lebanon bolsters relations between the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Orientale Lumen
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1995)
Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter defines the church’s ecumenical mission.

Distinction Without a Difference
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1994)
Bridging differences and celebrating distinctions are the prime directives for living in our one human family.

A Hymn to Stand For
by the Rev. Romanos V. Russo
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1994)
Although the Akathist is observed during Lent in the Byzantine tradition, this lovely hymn in honor of the Virgin Mary may be sung in any season.

Byzantine Catholics in Italy
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1994)
The Italo-Albanian Church in Sicily maintains the island’s Byzantine roots.

Not Your Typical Sunday in Albuquerque
by Rev. Christopher Zugger
(From Catholic Near East March 1993)
A Byzantine Catholic priest writes about a healing liturgy celebrated in his New Mexican parish.

Sons of Eagles
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East May 1993)
A reflection on the newly appointed bishops of Albania, and a thumbprint history of this turbulent country.

Images from Albania
text by John Burger
photos by Maria Bastone
(From Catholic Near East September 1993)
The author and photographer accompany John Cardinal O’Connor during his historic trip to Albania.

by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East September 1993)
At CNEWA, helping those in need can also be a lesson in priority-setting.

Armenia Reborn
by Sarkis Boghjalian
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East January 1992)
Now an independent nation, Armenia is free to rebuild its ancient church.

Far From Home
by Nicholas Seeley
(From ONE magazine November 2011)
Filipino migrant workers make untold sacrifices for their families

The Church in the Soviet Union
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
photos: U.S.C.C.
(From Catholic Near East January 1991)
Msgr. Stern visits the Soviet Union on a fact-finding tour that proves fruitful for all concerned.

The Catholic Church Unified Not Uniform
by Brother John Samaha, S.M.
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East January 1990)
Although embracing different rites and traditions, the Churches of the East and West are linked through faith.

The Catholic Church in India
by Rev. John Vallamattam, M.A., Ph.D.
(From Catholic Near East January 1990)
Although few in number, India’s Catholics to make a difference.

Ecumenism 25 Years Later
by Brother William J. Martyn, S.A.
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East April 1990)
Unity between the Eastern and Western churches continues to be an ongoing process.

Serving the People of the Holy Land
by Brother Austin David, F.S.C.
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1988)
CNEWA and the Pontifical Mission for Palestine have been caring for the needs of suffering Palestinians since 1949.

Today’s Prophetic Voices in the Holy Land
text and photos by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1987)
The forgotten minority in the Holy Land, Palestinian Christians express their faith with a quiet determination.

“I Have Given You an Example”
by Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1985)
The washing of feet has evolved from a menial task to a symbolic, holy gesture.

Liturgy of the Kingly High Priest
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1984)
A meditation on the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil and the saint who wrote it.

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 Silent Survivor
by Rev. Howard Curtis, O.C.S.U.
photos by Maria Homberg
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1984)
In a war-torn region, the Trappist Monks of Latroun are a one-of-a-kind community.

Liturgy of Christianity’s Infancy
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
photos by Gregory Clarkin
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1983)
A discussion of the Antiochene-Jerusalem liturgy, the Liturgy of St. James.

Dubrovnik: Citadel of Faith
by Charles A. Frazee
photos: Editorial Photocolor Archives
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1981)
In the ancient Yugoslav city of Dubrovnik, Catholics preserve their spiritual roots.

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 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.

Growing Strong: The Diocese of Trichur
by Rev. Thomas Kizhoor
photos: The Diocese of Trichur
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1979)
Christians in southwestern India find success with a little help from the Father of the Poor.

from News

Catholic, Orthodox Evangelization
Catholic News Service (6 September 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In many countries, Catholics and Orthodox face the same challenges in strengthening Christian life, and an important part of that effort is working together with love and respect, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Video:“First Take: Vatican”
Catholic News Service (25 July 2012)
An expert at the Vatican talks about the purpose of inter-religious dialogue.

Indian Lay Martyr Beatified
Catholic News Service (5 December 2012)
BANGALORE, India (CNS) — The life of Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, an 18th-century Catholic layman who was martyred for refusing to refute his faith despite being brutally tortured, was held up as an example for all Christians to embrace.

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.

Pope to Lead Full Slate of Holy Week, Easter Liturgies
Catholic News Service (29 January 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will lead a full slate of Holy Week and Easter liturgies in Rome and at the Vatican, keeping pace with a usually busy papal schedule.

In Turkey, Prayer, Reflection After Embassy Attack, Death of US Tourist
Catholic News Service (5 February 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — In the second row of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ayhan Mutlucu sat in silence after 11 a.m. Mass. She had the seen TV reports that U.S. tourist Sarai Sierra was dead, apparently murdered after disappearing two weeks earlier in a nearby area.

Argentina’s Cardinal Bergoglio Elected Pope; Chooses ’Francis‘
Catholic News Service (13 March 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, the leader of a large urban archdiocese in Latin America, was elected the 266th pope and took the name Francis.

Europe No Longer Catholic Church’s ‘Center’
Catholic News Service (11 April 2013)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — The election of Pope Francis, an Argentine, to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics confirms what observers have long known: Vast demographic shifts in the Catholic population are reconfiguring the face of the church and shifting the institution’s center from its historic European heartland.

Russian Catholics Surprised by Government Raids
Catholic News Service (12 April 2013)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — Russia’s Catholic Church expressed surprise and concern after a wave of raids on its parishes and charities, part of a government clampdown on organizations with foreign links.

Bishops Seek Cease-Fire and Disarmament in Syria
Catholic News Service (20 June 2013)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two bishops have called for the United States to seek a negotiated cease-fire in Syria’s civil war rather than arming combatants.

Pope Francis: Ecumenical Dialogue Leads to Growth in Faith
Catholic News Service (28 June 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, who recently spoke of a need to increase the common responsibility all bishops hold for the universal church, told a delegation of Orthodox leaders that the Catholic Church can learn from the synod structure of the Eastern Christian churches.

Discussing Divorce, Pope Refers to Orthodox Practice
Catholic News Service (6 August 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis spoke to journalists about the need for a stronger Catholic pastoral approach to marriage and to divorced people, he made a parenthetical reference to how the Orthodox churches handle the breakup of marriages differently.

Archbishop: Synod Shows Importance of Family for Pope
Catholic News Service (10 October 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ decision to call an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family in 2014 demonstrates how important he believes the family is and the urgency he sees in responding to problems Christian families face, said the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Pope to Evangelization Council: Live the Faith, Share It, Teach It
Catholic News Service (14 October 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Evangelization requires people who joyfully and lovingly live their faith, are not afraid to go out to share it and know how to transmit to others the essential teachings of the church, Pope Francis said.

Holy Land Catholic Leaders: Stop Speaking of Christian Persecution
Catholic News Service (4 April 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Repeated references to persecution of Christians, “usually referring only to what Christians suffer at the hands of criminals claiming to be Muslims, plays into the hands of extremists,” said Catholic leaders in the Holy Land.

Jesuit Who Used YouTube to Appeal for Help for Homs Reportedly Killed
Catholic News Service (8 April 2014)
ROME (CNS) — A 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit who refused to leave war-torn Syria, instead staying in Homs to help the poor and homeless, was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head, according to an email sent by the Jesuits’ Middle East province to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome.

Catholic, Greek Orthodox Leaders in U.S. Welcome Pope-Patriarch Meeting
Catholic News Service (20 May 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America welcomed the 25 May meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem.

Bishop Condemns Kidnappings, Asks Israel to Keep Response Proportionate
Catholic News Service (26 June 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate asked anyone with information about the kidnapping of three Israeli teens to come forward and help return the youths to their families. At the same time, he called on the Israeli army to keep its reaction and its search methods proportionate.

Fall Synod to Review State of Family; 2015 Synod to Draw Up Proposals
Catholic News Service (27 June 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Representatives of the world’s Catholic bishops, meeting together in a synod, are not expected to make any formal proposals about the church’s pastoral care of families until after a second, larger gathering in 2015.

Bishops See Signs of Resilience in Gaza, Despite Destruction
Catholic News Service (14 January 2015)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Despite the immense destruction still evident in Gaza following the war there last summer, the resilience of the people gave hope to 16 bishops of the Holy Land Coordination during their visit to the Gaza Strip on 11 and 12 January.

Catholic Aid Group Pledges $2.8 Million to Help Christians in Syria
Catholic News Service (24 February 2015)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity helping persecuted Christians around the world, has pledged $2.8 million in emergency aid to help Christians in Syria.

Vatican: Middle East’s Future Depends on Dialogue, Christians
Catholic News Service (5 May 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The future of the Middle East will depend on nations coming together to promote dialogue and development in the region and on local Christians staying active in society and politics, a top Vatican official said.

French Catholics Demand Countries, Companies Boycott ISIS Oil
Catholic News Service (5 June 2015)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — French Catholics have urged church support for a campaign to stop Western companies from buying oil from Islamic State, in effect funding the mass killing of Christians.

New Catholic Church Opens in United Arab Emirates
Catholic News Service (12 June 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A new Catholic church has opened in the United Arab Emirates. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, traveled to the capital, Abu Dhabi, to celebrate the inaugural Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on 12 June. The church was built on land granted by the municipality.

from Blog Content

Picture of the Day: Hail Mary
A relative of a patient at Amala Hospital in Kerala, India, prays in the candle-lit Grotto located near the main entrance to the hospital grounds. The hospital is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. (Photo: Peter Lemieux)

Why Are There Two Dates for Easter?
Father Elias Mallon details the reason behind the twin dates of Easter within Christendom.

Catholics and Muslims Work Together
In a time when great media attention is given to conflicts between Muslims and others, I attended a conference yesterday that was a real eye opener.

Debunking the "Myths About Anti-Christian Persecution"
A couple weeks ago, Pope Benedict XVI turned his attention to the subject of religious freedom.

You've Got Holy Week
Cardinal Timothy Dolan — CNEWA's chair and New York's Archbishop — has posted the video below on AOL: his message to the faithful for Holy Week.

A Bishop Rebuilds
In nine years, Bishop Milan Šášik has worked to revive hundreds of parishes within the Carpatho-Rusyn Greek Catholic Church.

Picture of the Day: Sede Vacante
Workers remove the banner with Pope Benedict XVI's coat of arms after the pope's final public appearence as pope in the town square in Castel Gandolfo on 28 February (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Picture of the Day: Waiting for the Conclave
The stovepipe that carries the smoke from burning conclave ballots and documents is seen in the Sistine Chapel after it was made ready for the 2005 conclave. (photo: CNS)

Picture of the Day: The World Watches and Waits
Huddled in the rain, people in St. Peter's Square watch on a large television monitor as cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel to begin the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI on 12 March. (photo: CNS/Stefano Rellandini, Reuters)

Signs and Symbols: A Preview of Pope Francis' Inaugural Mass
Rev. Elias Mallon discusses the prognostication and symbolic analysis surrounding the new pope.

Picture of the Day: Motown Madonna
May is traditionally the month Catholics devote to Mary. The image above from 2010 shows a statue of the Virgin Mary which graces the Chaldean Church of the Mother of God in Southfield, near Detroit. (photo: Fabrizio Costantini)

Picture of the Day: Benedict Returns
The helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes the dome of St. Peter's Basilica as the retired pope returns to the Vatican on 2 May. The pope will live in a monastery in the Vatican Gardens. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Picture of the Day: Catholics Who Worship in Hebrew
Parishioners sing a hymn during evening Mass in the Church of Sts. Simeon and Anne in Jerusalem. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Picture of the Day: “Servant of Communion”
Pope Francis greets Orthodox Metropolitan John of Pergamon after praying with him at the tomb of St. Peter at the conclusion of Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Encountering Holy Land Christians:
“We Were All Drawn to Helping Women and Their Children”

Brad H. Kerr sits down for a discussion with a few members of the Catholic Women's League of Canada.

Picture of the Day: Madonna and Child in Jordan
Ethan Jacob Ramirez awaits his baptism in the arms of his mother at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Amman. (photo: Tanya Habjouqa)

Encountering Holy Land Christians:
Supporting Christian Livelihood

Melodie Gabriel discusses how CNEWA/C.W.L. members made a point to support Christian businesses on their visit to the Holy Land.

Expanding an Order
CNEWA Chief Communications Officer shares news about the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, of which he is a knight commander.

Tweet, Tweet from the Vatican
Carol Glatz at Catholic News Service has put together what she calls the "Vatican Tweet Book," with twitter handles for "Vatican VIPs" — and she's included us!

Picture of the Day:
“The Church Needs the Ability to Heal Wounds”

In this image from July, Pope Francis embraces a patient at St. Francis of Assisi Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. (photo:CNS/L’Osservatore Romano)

Picture of the Day: You Sit Here
A little boy shows Pope Francis where to sit during a lunch break in Assisi on 4 October. (photo: Catholic TV/Vatican)

Picture of the Day: “We Are Not All the Same”
Clowns cheer as Pope Francis leads his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on 9 October. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Picture of the Day: Firefighter Francis
Pope Francis wears a firefighter’s helmet as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 16 October. (photo: CNS/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Picture of the Day: The Seeds We Sow
The “bishop farmer” and one of his helpers pick vegetables from their garden. (photo: Mohammed El-Dakhakhny)

Picture of the Day: Good Shepherd
A woman dressed as a character from a Nativity scene puts a lamb around the neck of Pope Francis as he arrives to visit the Church of St. Alfonso Maria dei Liguori in Rome on 6 January.

Picture of the Day: One Year Later
It was one year ago today, 11 February 2013, that Pope Benedict made history by announcing his resignation. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

“I Marvel at God’s Mysterious Ways”
Family Discovers Cardinal O’Connor’s Jewish Roots

Today Catholic New York, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of New York, revealed that Cardinal John O’Connor’s mother was a convert from Judaism.

Picture of the Day: Hope Amid Violence
Catholic nuns light candles spelling “peace” in Arabic in front of the altar during Mass in the Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem, West Bank, on 27 July. (photo: CNS/Debbie Hill)

Hebrew-Speaking Catholics in Israel
Melodie Gabriel shares a story from CNEWA Canada’s recent visit to the Holy Land with members of the Catholic Women’s League.

Picture of the Day: A New Archbishop in Haifa
The new Melkite Greek Catholic archbishop of Akko, Haifa, Nazareth, and all Galilee, George Bakhouny, blesses those gathered for his installation in the Cathedral of Mar Elias in Haifa. (photo: CNEWA)

Picture of the Day: Sisters in Short Supply
Young residents sit down for a meal at the Mother Mary Home for Girls, an orphanage run by Syro-Malabar Catholic Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate in Kerala. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: Happy Birthday, Pope Francis
Today marks the pope’s 79th birthday.

Picture of the Day: On the Road
Sister Hakinta Muradyan drives children to the Catholic church in Tashir, Armenia. Many of the children in the town are fatherless. (photo: Nazik Armenakyan)

‘Trying to Bring the Good News of Jesus
Where He Has Never Been Known’

CNEWA's president Msgr. John E. Kozar recently completed a pastoral visit to northern India, and it's attracted some attention in the Catholic press.

90 Years, 90 Heroes:
Cardinal John J. O’Connor

Cardinal John J. O’Connor, archbishop of New York and chair of Catholic Near East Welfare Association from January 1984 until his death in May 2000, was a lion, a man who “said it like it was.”

Picture of the Day: Beaming in Bahir Dar
University student Rebecca Sisay attends a catechetical program to promote lay formation and leadership in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. (photo: James Jeffrey)

Pictures of the Day
Lebanon Day Two: Seeing Hope

Philip Eubanks shares reflections on the current trip to Lebanon.

Page One: Headlines for 4/24/17
Stories of interest for the day.

Dozens of Chaldean Christians
Arrested in Suburban Detroit

It happened over the weekend. Details, from Catholic News Association.

Picture of the Day: Bibs Before Bounty
Fadia Shamieh, from the Palestinian Christian town of Beit Jala, helps youngsters prepare for their meal at the St. Rachel Day Care Center. (photo: Ilene Perlman)

Picture of the Day: Signs of Progress
Students conduct class in sign language at the Father Roberts Institute for Deaf Children, north of Beirut. (photo: Don Duncan)

Picture of the Day: Fitting Service
Teachers and staff members distribute uniforms made by students at the Kidist Mariam Center among local schoolchildren in Meki, Ethiopia. (photo: Petterik Wiggers)

Picture of the Day: Meet Ministers of Mercy in Ethiopia
Bekele Haile, Tigist Zeleke, Zeritu Bulti and Fita Tulu minister to prisoners outside of Addis Ababa. (photo: Don Duncan)

CNEWA Connections:
What is Formation?
Part 2 — The Laity

Members of the St. Paul Prison Chaplaincy of the Archeparchy of Addis Ababa, a lay organization that ministers to prisoners, travel to a facility outside of the Ethiopian capital. (photo: Don Duncan)

Picture of the Day: Threads of Hope
A prisoner practices in the sewing workshop in Addis Alem Prison in Ethiopia. (photo: Don Duncan)

CNEWA Connections:
Caring for Creation

The Rev. Elias Mallon reflects on Earth Day.

Where India Is Forming the Next Generation of Priests
In the current edition of ONE, writer Anubha George visits Indian seminaries where future priests are studying. Here, she offers some personal reflections on the assignment.

CNEWA Connections:
Hailing Mary
Part 1 — Mary Mother of the Church

The Rev. Elias Mallon discusses the role of Mary as Mother of the Church.

CNEWA Connections:
Hailing Mary
Part 2 — Devotion to Mary in the West

The Rev. Elias Mallon discusses the role of Mary as Mother of the church.

Picture of the Day: An Animated Lesson
The Rev. Boulos Nassif teaches a class for deaf and hearing-impaired Egyptians in Minya. (photo: Roger Anis)

from CNEWA Connections

You Impact Lives in Ways You Don’t Even Recognize
(From CNEWA Connections June 2012)

From the Mailbag
(From CNEWA Connections June 2012)

(From CNEWA Connections SEPTEMBER 2012)