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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

Out of Place
by Sahar Aloul
(From ONE magazine September 2005)
For Fleeing Iraqis, Jordan has become a limbo

CNEWA and Lebanese Relief
(From ONE magazine January 2007)

Perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine July 2010)
What’s in a Word

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine January 2009)
Sincerely Yours

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine July 2007)
Red Riders

Rebuilding Bethlehem
by Charles Miller, S.M.
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2002)
Despite a year of violence, individuals and organizations continue to offer help and hope.

This Little Light of Mine
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2002)
The fight against darkness and gloom is up to us.

The March of Folly
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD November – December 2002)
Will a U.S. invasion of Iraq be a modern Trojan horse?

The Kunama of Eritrea
text and photographs by Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2001)
The Kunama of Eritrea proudly maintain their ancient way of life in the face of modern incursions.

Murder Most Foul
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2001)
Call it what you will, when one person kills another, it’s murder.

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.

Eritrea in War’s Aftermath
by Brother Vincent Pelletier, F.S.C.
photos by Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East November – December 2000)
A firsthand account of a tired, scarred country following a senseless war.

Pontifical Mission for Palestine: An Expression of Papal Concern
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1999)
For 50 years this papal agency has provided food, clothing, education and housing to people in need in the Middle East.

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.

The Insanity of War
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1998)
A reflection on the recent outbreak of war between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

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.

Lamech’s Policy
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1996)
A reflection on the vengeful policy of the Old Testament figure Lamech, and a comparison of the “radical solution” of Jesus that precludes revenge.

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.

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 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.

Journey Through Iraq
by Michael J.L. La Civita
photos: CNEWA Archives
(From Catholic Near East September 1993)
The editor’s interview with Msgr. Robert L. Stern.

Sustaining Life: Iraqi Relief
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East July 1992)
The Gulf War left thousands of Iraqi people hungry, homeless and desperate. How did CNEWA respond?

Report on Eritrea
by Abuna Zekarias Yohannes
photos by Domingo Sotero
(From Catholic Near East October 1992)
Excerpts from a report by Abuna Zekarias Yohannes, Eparch of Asmara, Eritrea. The report was presented at the Vatican to the June meeting of ROACO, an organization of Catholic funding agencies concerned with the Eastern Catholic churches.

Forgotten War, Forgotten People
by Thomas McHugh
(From Catholic Near East April 1991)
A 30-year war has resulted in death, famine, and desperation. Will it ever end?

Mission in Mendida
by Thomas McHugh
photos by Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East April 1990)
A Catholic technical school in Ethiopia offers hope to the surrounding community.

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.

The Palestinian Intifada
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1988)
The challenge of peace in the Holy Land.

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.”

“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.

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.

Holy Innocents Today
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1985)
The senseless death of children continues today just as it did under the reign of Herod. It did not make sense then, and does not today.

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 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.

They Are Christ
by Veronica J. Treanor
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Special 1984)
A reflection on being a Good Samaritan when others suffer.

After the Storm
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From CNEWA WORLD May – June 2003)
Quietly, almost inconspicuously, CNEWA has served the needs of Iraqis burdened by oppression and isolation

When Living Means Leaving
by Claudia McDonnell
photos by Rev. Leon V. Kofod
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1980)
The plight of Afghans continues, but their faith is strong.

Albania: Land of Sorrows
by John Sinishta
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1979)
Despite ongoing hardship, Albania and its Catholic spirit persevere.

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

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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.

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.

Postwar Work in Lebanon
news from ONE Magazine (8 January 2007)
Listening to church and community leaders, sorting out priorities, offering assistance and encouragement and seeing firsthand agency postwar relief efforts were the purposes of a CNEWA delegation that visited Lebanon 18-26 November.

Book Clarifies Vatican Role in WWII
Catholic News Service (13 November 2012)
Gordon Thomas, the author of “The Pope’s Jews,” is a British journalist who has written numerous works, a number of them on the intelligence services of Great Britain and the United States, and a couple on the Vatican.

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.”

Christians Among 500,000 Fleeing Mosul After Islamist Forces Seize City
Catholic News Service (12 June 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Church leaders in northern Iraq struggled to find shelter for Christians who were among hundreds of thousands who fled Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, after Islamist forces took over much of the town, a Chaldean Catholic archbishop said.

Christians From Mosul Say They Have Been Targeted for Months
Catholic News Service (16 June 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) —The fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to Islamist militants in early June sent half a million residents scurrying for safety, but Christians from the city say they were targeted long before Iraqi security forces abandoned the major political and economic hub.

Bishop Pates, Pax Christi U.S.A. Call for Diplomacy to Resolve Iraq Crisis
Catholic News Service (24 June 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country.

Peace Can Always Prevail, Pope Says
Catholic News Service (27 June 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Despite “grievous attacks” around the world, peace can always flourish through God’s grace and people’s loving generosity, Pope Francis said.

Chaldean Bishops Appeal for Dialogue to Keep Iraq From Civil War
Catholic News Service (30 June 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic bishops, meeting for their annual synod in Irbil, Iraq, appealed for “courageous dialogue” to pull the embattled country out “from a dark tunnel” and expressed their fear that a civil war could erupt, breaking apart the country.

Iraqi Patriarch: Situation Perhaps ‘Darkest and Most Difficult Period’
Catholic News Service (8 July 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — The patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad called the current situation in his country “perhaps the darkest and most difficult period in [the church’s] recent history.”

Iraqi Nuns, Orphans Kidnapped in June Released Safely
Catholic News Service (16 July 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Two Iraqi nuns and three orphans kidnapped in late June have been released safely, according to the Christian rights group Middle East Concern.

Cease-Fire Gives Gaza Civilians Chance to Seek Aid
Catholic News Service (18 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Civilians in Gaza used a brief cease-fire to spill onto the streets and replenish scarce supplies, some church representatives said.

Iraqi-Born Bishop Advocates for his Homeland’s Yazidi Minority
Catholic News Service (18 July 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Iraqi-American Catholic leaders, who have persistently advocated for the embattled Christian minority in Iraq, are now going to bat for a smaller ethnic group that likewise traces its origins to the troubled region.

Pope Prays for Victims of Downed Plane
Catholic News Service (21 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Though exactly what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 remained unclear, Pope Francis offered prayers for the 298 passengers and crew members who died when it came down in eastern Ukraine.

Stop Targeting Civilians, Archbishop Tells Israelis, Gaza Fighters
Catholic News Service (23 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council urged the Israeli military and fighters in the Gaza Strip to stop targeting civilian areas.

Holy Land Priests on Both Sides Try to Help Parishioners Confront War
Catholic News Service (24 July 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Two priests on either side of the Gaza border are trying to help their small communities confront the realities of war.

CRS Official: Gaza a ‘Complete Catastrophe’ on ‘Brink of Collapse’
Catholic News Service (4 August 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A top Catholic charity official described Gaza as a “complete catastrophe” after nearly four weeks of fighting between Israel and the Palestinian militant Hamas.

Caritas Official: Emotional Toll in Gaza Worse than Physical Damage
Catholic News Service (11 August 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — The head Caritas in Jerusalem expressed grave concern for the Gaza Strip’s residents with fighting once again erupting between Israel and Hamas.

Catholic Aid Official: Agencies Try to “Pick Up the Pieces” in Gaza
Catholic News Service (17 August 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A senior Catholic aid official said humanitarian agencies are “trying to pick up the pieces” of Gaza’s badly destroyed infrastructure, desperately hoping that the declared truce between Israel and the militant Hamas will hold.

Force Alone Cannot Stop ‘Religious Cleansing’ in Middle East, Custos Says
Catholic News Service (25 August 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Although Christians, Muslims and Jews have struggled for hundreds of years to live peacefully alongside each other in the Middle East, “we have never seen the kind of ‘religious cleansing’ we are witnessing today,” said the head of the region’s Franciscans.

Pope to Gaza’s Catholics: Be Christ’s Witness in Midst of Conflict
Catholic News Service (29 August 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The priest leading the Gaza Strip’s only Catholic parish met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking him for his support of those suffering in the war-torn territory.

Aid Official Says Gazans Cautious, Worry That Nothing Has Changed
Catholic News Service (5 September 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Gazans are frustrated that, despite all the sacrifice and loss of life, nothing has changed for them, except perhaps having more fishing rights, said a Catholic aid official.

For Some Iraqi Christians, Returning to Homeland Is Not an Option
Catholic News Service (9 September 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Uprooted from his home in Iraq by the advance of Islamic State fighters, Nouree sees no future for Christians in his country.

Follow the Money: Cardinal Says ISIS Conflict Is Not About Religion
Catholic News Service (10 September 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The conflict in which Islamic State fighters are driving out Christians and other minorities must not be seen as a war between Islam and Christianity, said the head of the Vatican Congregation for Eastern Churches.

Pope: War Is Madness, Indifference a Sin
Catholic News Service (15 September 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When will people ever learn that war is madness and conflicts are only resolved by forgiveness, Pope Francis asked.

Syrian Bishop Urges Pope Francis to Raise Arms Supply Issue in Turkey
Catholic News Service (28 November 2014)
DUBLIN (CNS) — The president of Caritas in Syria has appealed to Pope Francis to use his 28-30 November trip to Turkey to raise the issue of the ongoing supply of arms being sent across the Turkish border to rebel factions in northern Syria.

Pope Tells Mideast, African Refugees Wars That Caused Flight Must End
Catholic News Service (30 November 2014)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Pope Francis met with young refugees from civil wars in Syria and Iraq, a few hours after joining Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to denounce the plight of Christians there.

Christians in Middle East Losing Everything Except Christ
Catholic News Service (23 December 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Violence, fear and poverty have stripped Christians in the Middle East of everything except Christ, said a number of church leaders there.

Christian Clergy Visit Jordanian Family of Captured Muslim Pilot
Catholic News Service (6 January 2015)
AY, Jordan (CNS) — Christian clergy led by the Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem visited the family of the Muslim Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State and expressed support and continued prayers.

Jordan’s Churches Condemn Pilot’s Murder, Offer Prayers
Catholic News Service (4 February 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Christian churches in Jordan condemned the Islamic State militants’ killing of First Lt. Muath al Kasasbeh, a Jordanian pilot who had been held in captivity by the jihadist group.

Pope to Ukraine’s Bishops: Unite Against Unfolding Tragedies
Catholic News Service (20 February 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis urged Ukraine’s Catholic bishops to focus on the social and human tragedies unfolding in their country and avoid politicizing their role as church leaders.

Melkite, Orthodox Patriarchs Urge World to Help Resolve Syrian Crisis
Catholic News Service (27 February 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Two Syrian-born patriarchs separately urged the international community to work together to address the crisis in Syria and the region.

Aid Official: Gazans Have Lost Hope
Catholic News Service (6 March 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Six months after the end of the most recent war in Gaza, there is still a “grave humanitarian crisis” in the narrow strip wedged between the Egyptian and Israeli borders, where more than 1.8 million Palestinians live closed off to the world because of an international embargo.

As Islamic State Steps Up Attacks, Christian Leaders Call for Help
Catholic News Service (10 March 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Christian leaders again called for help for Assyrian Christians as Islamic State militants stepped up their attacks against their towns in northern Syria.

Syrian Refugee Crisis at ‘Tipping Point,’ Say U.S.C.C.B. Officials
Catholic News Service (10 March 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying the Syrian refugee crisis has reached a “tipping point,” officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who recently traveled to the Middle East are urging the international community to offer more help.

Government Reps Say Christian Survival in Middle East ‘in Question’
Catholic News Service (13 March 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a joint statement, representatives of more than 50 countries have recognized that Christians are particularly endangered in the Middle East, and they called on the international community to reaffirm the human right to freedom of religion.

Patriarch Rejects Calls for Outside Military Intervention in Syria
Catholic News Service (19 March 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The head of the Melkite Catholic Church rejected outright all calls for an international military intervention in Syria and urged Pope Francis and all Christian churches to “promote a concrete and realistic road map” to peace in the beleaguered nation.

Syrian Refugees in Jordan Cling to Hope
Catholic News Service (31 March 2015)
ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan (CNS) — Abu Bilal, a slender man in his 40’s, is surrounded by cages of bright yellow canaries merrily twittering.

Military Chaplains Bring God to Soldiers on Ukraine Front Lines
Catholic News Service (1 April 2015)
LVIV, Ukraine (CNS) — War is not easy to experience, but Jesuit Father Andrij Zelinskyj has found a calling to be on the front line.

Faith Lives on Despite Suffering in Iraq, Syria
Catholic News Service (6 April 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — More than 1,000 people packed into a tent in a refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq, for the Easter vigil Mass celebrated by Italian Cardinal Fernando Filoni, former nuncio to Iraq and Pope Francis’ personal representative to those forced to flee the fury of Islamic State militants.

In Paintings, Syrian Artist Shows the Pain War Has Caused His Country
Catholic News Service (6 May 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The sad realities of Syria’s civil war permeate the paintings of Essa Neima, a 34-year-old Syrian national.

Ukrainians Displaced by Fighting Speak to U.S.C.C.B. Delegation
Catholic News Service (22 June 2015)
KHARKIV, Ukraine (CNS) — Young Artem is about to turn a year old, but all he has known in his short life is upheaval.

Ukrainian Priest Says His Emotional Captivity Was Worse Than Physical
Catholic News Service (14 July 2015)
LVIV, Ukraine (CNS) — Ukrainian Catholic Father Tykhon Kulbaka was headed to the chapel in the room rented by the local Catholic community. En route, he stopped at a grocery store, where four men grabbed him, blindfolded him and made him breathe chloroform.

Church Agencies Highlight Growing Urgency of Europe’s Refugee Crisis
Catholic News Service (4 September 2015)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — Catholic aid agencies have urged Europeans not to turn against migrants seeking refuge from Syria and other countries, in what media reports describe as the continent’s greatest refugee movement since World War II.

More Must Be Done to Help Middle East Christians, Say Speakers
Catholic News Service (14 September 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — More must be done to help the beleaguered Christians of the Middle East, said speakers at an 11 September dinner marking the end of the In Defense of Christians convention in Washington.

Amid Refugee Crisis, Church Agencies on the Ground and Offering Homes
Catholic News Service (15 September 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The tens of thousands of would-be Syrian refugees who have flooded European countries this summer have prompted U.S. and international Catholic agencies to respond with both on-the-ground support and longer-term preparations to host them in the United States.

No One Can Pretend Not to Know Syrians, Iraqis Are Suffering, Pope Says
Catholic News Service (17 September 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Millions of Iraqis and Syrians are facing poverty and even death, neighboring countries are bearing more than their fair share of the burden of helping refugees, arms dealers are getting richer and the international community seems helpless, Pope Francis said.

Melkite Archbishop Urges British Not to Support Militants in Syria
Catholic News Service (14 October 2015)
LONDON (CNS) — A Syrian archbishop warned British politicians of the folly of supporting Islamic militants in the war in his country.

Restoring Walls, Rebuilding Communities: Ukrainians Help One Another
Catholic News Service (23 October 2015)
LVIV, Ukraine (CNS) — Rebuilding in Ukraine does not just mean construction.

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Picture of the Day: Healing After War
Two young girls share a laugh at a displaced persons camp outside Dellé, Eritrea in August of 2000. (photo: Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.)

"We Stayed Open for the People"
Two Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena discuss how their congregation has helped ordinary Iraqis cope with the war.

“Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6)
Father Guido Gockel explores the nature of good and evil and their meaning in the turmoil pervading the Holy Land, focusing on the spiritual life that transcends the political..

Picture of the Day: The Effects of War
Each of these three women lost family members in Chechnya's Second Chechen War in 1999. They came to Georgia along with other refugees. (photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

Unfinished Business in Iraq
In Iraq, close to a decade of war and humanitarian crises has left much work to be done, if the nation is to rebuild and heal.

Picture of the Day: A Healing in Iraq
In this photo from 2003, Sister Nahla tends to a patient at the Al Jamh-Al Zahrawi Hospital in Mosul, Iraq, where she has been working since May. (photo: Philip Toscano-Heighton)

Picture of the Day: Syria's Christians
n this unpublished photo, taken in 2003, two young boys play in front of a church in a Christian Village near Homs, Syria. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: The Plight of Christians in Iraq
A parishioner leaves St. Elijah Church in Ain Kawa, a mostly Christian neighborhood outside Erbil, Kurdistan's capital and largest city. (photo: Safin Hamed)

Chaos and Courageous Questions
The National Catholic Register's Tim Drake spoke recently with Bashar Matti Warda, the Chaldean archbishop of Erbil in Northern Iraq

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Picture of the Day: Children of War
In this photo taken in 2000, two young girls at a displaced persons camp outside Delle, Eritrea. (photo: Christian Molidor, R.S.M.)

Picture of the Day: Syria's Women and Children in Crisis
Young Syrian refugees walk through a camp in Anbar province west of Baghdad, Iraq, 19 August. (photo: CNS/Ali al-Mashhadani, Reuters)

"The Faithful Are Desperate for a Sign of Hope"
CNEWA President Msgr. John E. Kozar discusses the churches and people of the Middle East, and asks that we all consider sharing a sign of hope.

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: “We See Jesus Suffering in Beloved Syria”
A boy displaced by fighting in Syria attends a class in the governorate of Idlib, Syria, on 27 May. (photo: CNS/Muzaffar Salman, Reuters)

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: Saving the Children of War
Children gather in a makeshift classroom in the Al Waer neighborhood of Homs. (photo: Ziad Hilal, S.J.)

Picture of the Day: Syria’s Smallest Victims
Men help a wounded boy who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad in Damascus on 7 January. (photo: CNS/Bassam Khabieh, Reuters)

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)

Picture of the Day: Heartbreak in Iraq
Nasrin Abdul-Ahad Aziz, pictured in 2011, had lost several family members as result of ethnic and sectarian violence in Iraq. (photo: Safin Hamed)

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Picture of the Day:
The Needs of Iraqis

A child holds a bowl of soup inside the Khazer camp on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq, on 29 June.

Sisters Prepare to Depart Gaza
Vatican Radio reports that amid the ongoing airstrikes in Gaza, a group of Catholic nuns are making preparations to depart, following warning calls from the Israeli government.

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“Pray for an End to This Madness”
Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA's regional director for Palestine and Israel, shares details of recent developments in Gaza.

“Such a Conflagration of Hate”
Over at Patheos, blogger Elizabeth Scalia has a comprehensive roundup of what is happening in Iraq.

Letter from Iraq:
“Many Churches Are Burned, Destroyed, Looted”

We received the following report this morning from Archdeacon Emanuel Youkhana, an Iraqi-born priest of the Assyrian Church of the East now based in Germany.

A Call to Stop Violence in the Name of Religion
Jordanian Prince el-Hassan bin Talal issued a statement yesterday condemning violence in the name of religion.

CNEWA Launches Emergency Appeal
to Aid Iraqi Christian Families in Flight

CNEWA starts new emergency appeal for Iraq

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Is the Middle East Unraveling?
Michael J.L. La Civita discusses the wave of violence that seems to be overwhelming the Middle East.

Gaza’s Beacon of Hope
Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA's regional director for Palestine and Israel, shares details of the situation in Gaza.

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Working Together to Aid Gaza
Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA’s regional director for Palestine and Israel, shares details of the situation in Gaza.

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IRAQ UPDATE:
Creating Camps for Christian Refugees

Michel Constantin, CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, discusses the situation in Iraq.

Who Are the Yazidis?
Rev. Elias Mallon discusses the Yazidi people.

The Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
The National Catholic Register this week has some very good insight into the ongoing crisis in Gaza

Picture of the Day: “No Cause Can Justify Such Barbarity”
Yazidi demonstrators protest Islamic State militants in Hanover, Germany, on 12 August. (photo: CNS/Julian Stratenschulte, EPA)

Pope Francis on Iraq: “It is Licit to Stop the Unjust Aggressor”
Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop "unjust aggressors" such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes.

Picture of the Day: In Solidarity
Protesters in Stuttgart, Germany, rally during a demonstration on 23 August initiated by the Syrian Orthodox Church in solidarity with religious minorities threatened in northern Iraq and throughout the Middle East. (photo: CNS/Inga Kjer, EPA)

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Report: CNEWA’s Work in Syria
CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, Michel Constantin, has just filed a comprehensive report on Syria that highlights this agency’s activities on behalf of Syrian families displaced within Syria and those now living in Lebanon.

Breaking in Gaza:
‘Grave Humanitarian Crisis’ Continues

CNS spoke with CNEWA’s regional director for Palestine and Israel, Sami El-Yousef, after his most recent visit to Gaza.

Picture of the Day: Prayers for Syria
A statement issued by the Syriac National Council of Syria, the European Syriac Union, and the Christian Coalition for Syria said Islamic State militants seized villages on the south bank of the Khabur and several villages on the north bank.

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Picture of the Day: Sanctuary
A man forced to flee his home due to the violence in eastern Ukraine takes up temporary residence in the Sviatohirsk Monastery. (photo: Ivan Chernichkin)

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Picture of the Day: Rescuing Omran in Aleppo
A 5-year-old Syrian boy named Omran Daqneesh sits alone in the back of the ambulance after he was rescued from the Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo on 17 August 2016. (photo: Mahmud Rslan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Picture of the Day: From Middle East to Far East
Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter greets faithful at the Korean Martyrs Shrine in Seoul, South Korea on 22 August. (photo: CNS/courtesy Mychel Akl for Bkerke)

Page One: Headlines for 9/19/16
Stories of interest for the day.

The Christians of Gaza
In the Autumn 2016 edition of ONE, journalist Don Duncan profiles Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA's regional director for Palestine and Israel, as part of our special look at the Catholic Eastern churches.

Picture of the Day: Waiting to Return
In this September 2014 photo, internally displaced Chaldean children prepare to serve the altar in a camp in Erbil. (photo: Don Duncan)

Picture of the Day: At the Foot of the Cross
The Didos family, one of the many Ukrainian families displaced by war, exits a Greek Catholic Church in Lviv. (photo: Ivan Chernichkin)