from ONE

A Life Under Occupation
(From ONE magazine September 2007)
One Palestinian Christian reflects on a life shadowed by discord
an interview with CNEWA’s Maher Turjman

A Voice for Justice
by Ferry Biedermann
(From ONE magazine May 2005)
One Israeli’s mission to advocate justice and secure peace

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

Middle Eastern, Central American Style
by Paul Wachter with photographs by Carina Wint
(From ONE magazine September 2006)
Arabs have found a new home in Honduras

West Bank’s New Breadwinners
by Diane Handal
(From ONE magazine July 2008)
Palestinian women put their culinary skills to work

Pilgrims Wanted
text by Ben Cramer
photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2004)
Christians of the Holy Land languish as visitors stay away

A People Without a Country
by Peg Maron
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2002)
Palestinians search for a homeland seemingly beyond their reach.

Rebuilding Lives in Palestine
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1999)
The ultimate goal of the Pontifical Mission in Jerusalem is to minister to the total needs of the Palestinian people.

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.

A Delayed Homecoming
text by Caroline Faraj
photographs by Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From CNEWA WORLD November – December 2001)
To displaced Palestinians living in Jordan’s refugee camps, Palestine is still home.

Answer to Prayer, Call to Suffering
by Louise Perrotta
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2002)
Priest brings relief to Palestinian refugees despite Israeli military curfews.

A Town Named ‘Good’
by Hanne Foighel
(From ONE magazine July 2011)
Taybeh’s Christians persevere in spite of occupation and emigration

The Holy City of Jerusalem
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
A city’s destiny depends on the three great faiths

Palestine
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
A fragmented holy land

Living in Limbo
by Diane Handal
(From ONE magazine November 2010)
In spite of hardship and humiliation, Palestine’s refugees hold on

Olive Offerings
by Hanne Foighel with photographs by Ahikam Seri
(From ONE magazine January 2009)
How the olive sustains Palestinian society

Fighting a Modern Plague
text by Ben Cramer
photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine May – June 2004)
Palestinians battle to rescue their youth from drug addiction

perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine March 2009)
Peaceful Principles

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine July 2008)
Anniversary

Through the Looking Glass
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2002)
A mirror image of violence and injustice.

Caught in the Middle
by Father Charles Miller, S.M.
(From CNEWA WORLD May – June 2001)
The Matar family of Beit Jala experiences firsthand the horrors of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Pontifical Mission at 50: New York
prepared by CNEWA staff
photographs by Maria Bastone
(From Catholic Near East January – February 2000)
Dignitaries and long-time friends gather in New York City to commemorate the establishment of the Pontifical Mission.

Pontifical Mission at 50: Reflections of the Nesnas Family
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1999)
A profile of a family intimately linked to the Pontifical Mission.

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.

Dialogue for Peace
text by Michele Chabin
photographs by Miriam Sushman
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1998)
Palestinians and Israeli Jews work together for justice and peace in the Holy Land.

Rock and Roll in Bethlehem
text by Felix Corley
photographs by Ilene Perlman
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1997)
Al-Baraem, a Palestinian musical group, aims to spread its fresh sound throughout the Middle East.

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.

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.

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.

The Jahalin Bedouin: A Question of Justice
text by Lynda Brayer
photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1996)
Residents of the deserts of Palestine for thousands of years, the Jahalin Bedouin fight to preserve their ancient way of life.

Health Care in the Jordan Valley
by Brother Donald Mansir, F.S.C.
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1995)
The rural population of the West Bank and Gaza benefits from a unique health care program.

Securing the Agreement
by Brother Donald Mansir, F.S.C.
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1994)
What is the role of our Pontifical Mission in a new Middle East?

Recollections of a Dauntless Dame
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1994)
The editor’s interview with Miss Carol Hunnybun, the former administrator of our Jerusalem office.

Legal Protection for Palestinians
by Lynda Brayer
photos by Karen Lagerquist
(From Catholic Near East May 1993)
A firsthand account of an Israeli lawyer’s fight for the rights of the Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories.

Weaving Economic Development Into a Bedouin Tradition
by Karen Lagerquist and James Richard
(From Catholic Near East July 1993)
A weaving project in the Negev jump-starts an ages-old tradition and provides desperately needed income to the area’s nomads.

On Fire for the Cause of Christ
by Brother Austin David Carroll, F.S.C.
photos: CNEWA Archives, Graymoor, NY
(From Catholic Near East November 1993)
A tribute to Msgr. Thomas J. McMahon, National Secretary of CNEWA (1943-1955) and first President of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine.

The Palestinians of Jebel Ashrafiya
by Joyce M. Davis
(From Catholic Near East April 1992)
Almost a half-century after their displacement, Palestine’s refugees continue their struggle to survive.

Bethlehem University Three Years Later
by Brother Patrick White, F.S.C.
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East January 1991)
War-weary students get a second chance at learning as Bethlehem University reopens.

Hope Kindled in Bethany
by Thomas McHugh
(From Catholic Near East April 1990)
A L’Arche community in the West Bank offers a haven for the area’s mentally challenged.

The Star in the East
compiled by Catholic Near East staff
(From Catholic Near East April 1990)
Hard-hit by the intifada, the town of Beit Sahour adds a new angle to the Palestinians’ struggle.

An Unprecedented Homily
(From Catholic Near East April 1990)
Departing from tradition, Archbishop Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, delivered this homily during Midnight Mass in Bethlehem this past Christmas.

Always Making Good News
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
For 40 years a unique papal mission has proclaimed the gospel through unfailing service in the lands of Jesus.

The Pontifical Mission for Palestine
by Brother Austin David, F.S.C.
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
Five popes have maintained a unique mission to serve the displaced people of the Middle East. The mission’s role has grown to meet new challenges.

Witness of Misery, Messenger of Hope
by Monsignor Thomas J. McMahon
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
An eyewitness account of the plight of the first Palestinian refugees written by the Pontifical Mission’s first president.

The Church and the Palestinians
by Brother Austin David, F.S.C.
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1988)
The Vatican takes a clear position on the question of Palestine in its efforts to bring peace and justice to the Holy Land.

A Gateway to Hope
by Bernard Knezich, F.S.C.
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1988)
Bethlehem University offers Palestinian students of the West Bank and Gaza an education – which gives them a reason to stay in their homeland.

Looking for Justice Between Blood Brothers
by Elias Chacour with David Hazard
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1988)
A Palestinian Catholic priest returns to the ruins of his home in Galilee to discover the meaning of the Beatitudes.

Educating for Justice and Reconciliation
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1988)
Father Elias Chacour continues “the long, slow labor of teaching young people the treasures of the Sermon on the Mount.”

Those Who Do the Never-Ending Work
text and photos by Lucinda Kidd
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1988)
In the past, Christian women of Palestine provided the medical services for the Arab community. Today, the burden is even greater.

“There Must Be Justice for Both Sides”
by Hugh Schofield
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1988)
The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, a native Palestinian, reflects on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Church’s view on ending it.

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

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.

A Hope for the Future
by Claudia McDonnell
photos by Diane Garnette
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1984)
Pontifical Mission schools in the refugee camps of the Holy Land offer hope for a solid future.

from News

An Easter Message of Peace From Jerusalem
Catholic News Service (21 April 2011)
In their joint Easter message, the heads of Christian churches of Jerusalem turned their attention to the unrest in the Middle East, noting the need to respect the rights of the minorities in the region.

Pope Meets With Biden and Abbas
Catholic News Service (3 June 2011)
Pope Benedict XVI met with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in an unannounced visit June 3.

Pilgrims to Holy Land Must Help Peace Efforts
Catholic News Service (21 July 2011)
Catholic and Anglican leaders have challenged Christians to find new ways to establish lasting peace in the Holy Land, including changing the nature of pilgrimages.

Bethlehem Students Hopeful for Palestinian Statehood
Catholic News Service (19 September 2011)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Palestinian students at Bethlehem University spoke of how their lives would change if the United Nations recognized Palestine as an independent country.

Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate
Catholic News Service (21 September 2011)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — At the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City, history is literally etched in stone.

Jerusalem Patriarch Supports Palestine’s UN Bid
Catholic News Service (22 September 2011)
BETHESDA, Md. (CNS) — The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem said he hoped that an effort to grant full U.N. membership to Palestine would be a step toward eventual peace in the region, leading to the “two-state solution.”

Vatican Calls for ‘Courageous’ U.N. Decision on Palestine
Catholic News Service (29 September 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Addressing the United Nations, a Vatican representative called for “courageous decisions” toward the two-state solution for the Holy Land after Palestinian leaders requested full U.N. membership for the Palestinian state.

Palestinians Post Stories on Separation Barrier
Catholic News Service (16 December 2011)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Sylvana Giacaman, 54, is giving herself a different kind of gift for Christmas: She is allowing her photo and a personal story to be posted on the Israeli separation wall.

Christmas Message from Jerusalem’s Patriarch
Catholic News Service (21 December 2011)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Amid continuing turmoil in the Middle East, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem sent a message of hope and support to Christians of the region.

Video: Vatican Meets With Palestinian Authority
Catholic News Service (30 January 2012)
Vatican and PLO leaders meet to discuss the church in the Holy Land, Pope Benedict releases doves for peace, and a Vatican official talks about priests’ attitudes during confession.

Vatican Meets With Palestinian Authority (Vatican Information Service)
web news (30 January 2012)
30 Jan 2012 – VATICAN CITY (VIS) – Made public today was a joint communique on a bilateral meeting between the Holy See and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, held in Ramallah on 28 January. The text of the English-language communique is given below.

Vatican Continues Talks With Palestinian Authority
Catholic News Service (31 January 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization are continuing talks aimed at a formal agreement regulating and promoting the presence and activity of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian territories.

Religious Leaders Call for Peace in Mideast
Catholic News Service (5 March 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Calling efforts toward an Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace “more, not less, urgent,” a group of Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders warned candidates for political office “not to use any rhetoric that could make prospects for peace more problematic.”

Israel’s Residency Laws Separate Families
Catholic News Service (15 March 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Joseph Hazboun remembers when he could hop into his car in Jerusalem and drive the few miles to the nearby West Bank city of Bethlehem to see his family. It was easy enough, even passing through mandatory checkpoints, that he and his Jerusalem-born wife and children would make the trip at least twice a month.

Holy See Has Not Changed Position on East Jerusalem
web news (12 June 2012)
Vatican Radio interviews Msgr. Ettore Balestrero, the Holy See’s under secretary for relations with states, about the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel.

West Bank Priest Calls on President Obama
Catholic News Service (14 June 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — U.S. President Barack Obama must be more pro-active in his support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rather than denigrating his ability to bring about a peace agreement with Israel, said a West Bank priest.

UNESCO Adds Church of Nativity to List
Catholic News Service (2 July 2012)
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (CNS) — UNESCO has placed sites — including the Church of the Nativity — in Bethlehem, West Bank, on its list of World Heritage in Danger.

Nuncio Cautious about Church’s Designation as World Heritage Site
Catholic News Service (5 July 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The designation of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity as a UNESCO World Heritage site complicates relations between the three churches that oversee the holy site as well as relations between the Israeli and Palestinian communities, said a church official.

Video: “First Take: Vatican”
Catholic News Service (12 July 2012)
Pope Benedict XVI addresses an inter-faith orchestra of Israeli and Arab musicians following a concert in his honor on 11 July.

Pope Attends Interreligious Concert
Catholic News Service (12 July 2012)
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — Just as individual musicians in an orchestra turn dissonance into harmony through hard work, sacrifice and listening to one another, so, too, can the world’s people turn conflict into peace, said Pope Benedict XVI.

Across the Divide
Catholic News Service (18 July 2012)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Few conflicts in the modern era have proved as intractable as that pitting Israelis against Palestinians. One institution caught up in this clash has been the Holy Land’s Bethlehem University, a Catholic establishment open to students of all faiths.

Center in Bethlehem Treats Trauma Victims
Catholic News Service (31 July 2012)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Every week for the past month, when she has the money, Suha Alladin takes her 10-year-old son Mohammed, from their West Bank Village of Ma’asara to Bethlehem in a shared taxi.

New Nuncio to Israel, Palestinian Territories
Catholic News Service (31 August 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, the former nuncio to Australia, to be the new nuncio to Israel and Cyprus, and apostolic delegate in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories.

Bethlehem University Appoints First Female V.P.
Catholic News Service (24 September 2012)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Thirty-five years after the first class graduated from Bethlehem University, one of its members became the first woman and Palestinian to hold the Catholic school’s highest academic position.

Bishop Calls on U.S. to Defuse Israeli-Palestinian Tensions
Catholic News Service (13 November 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a Nov. 8 letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace took both Israel and Palestine to task for actions that he said undermined the possibility of a two-state solution in the Holy Land.

Violence in Gaza
Catholic News Service (19 November 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The Israeli government and leaders of Hamas must make courageous decisions to end the violence that has once again forced residents of Southern Israel into their bomb shelters and residents of the Gaza Strip into their homes, said Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem.

Pope Condemns Gaza Conflict
Catholic News Service (26 November 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI condemned escalating hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians, saying hatred and violence are never an appropriate solution to problems.

Catholics in Gaza
Catholic News Service (21 November 2012)
ERUSALEM (CNS) — As diplomatic efforts were underway to reach a ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel Nov. 20, Catholics on both sides of the Gaza border prayed for peace.

Vatican Praises UN Vote on Palestine
Catholic News Service (5 December 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican praised a United Nations vote making Palestine a non-member observer state but called for full recognition of Palestinian sovereignty as necessary for peace in the region.

Palestinians Celebrate UN Vote
Catholic News Service (5 December 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — In the West Bank, church bells rang at the midnight announcement that the U.N. General Assembly had voted to grant Palestinians observer status.

Israeli-Palestinian Relations Call for Talks, Pope Says
Catholic News Service (18 December 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just weeks after the Vatican praised Palestine’s boosted status as a nonmember observer state at the United Nations, Pope Benedict XVI met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a private audience at the Vatican.

In the Holy Land, World’s Christians Celebrate
Catholic News Service (25 March 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The winding road from the Mount of Olives to the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem was alive with music and song in many languages as global pilgrims joined local Christian Palestinians in the traditional Palm Sunday procession commemorating Jesus’ entry into the city.

Building the Good Life on the Hills of the West Bank
Catholic News Service (31 May 2013)
RAWABI, West Bank (CNS) — About 20 minutes from the Palestinian economic hub of Ramallah, the new city of Rawabi is sprouting on a rocky hillside.

Update on Iraq
Catholic News Service (4 June 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Five schools in Gaza — two Catholic and three Christian — face closure if the Hamas government follows through on an order forbidding coeducational institutions, said the director general of Latin Patriarchate Schools in Palestine and Israel.

Summer Camp Elates Palestinian Children
Catholic News Service (11 July 2013)
TUBA, West Bank (CNS) — In this tiny South Hebron Hills encampment of tents and cave dwellings, where camels cling to the sandy hillside and hardy goats scrounge for shoots of brush and desert grasses, it is summer camp time for the children.

Jerusalem Patriarch: Church Will Take Legal Action to Rebuild Home
Catholic News Service (7 November 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Archbishop Fouad Twal, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, condemned the government demolition of a home on church-owned property and said the church would take legal action to “bring back justice and rebuild this home.”

Floods, Rain Threaten to Complicate Christmas in Gaza
Catholic News Service (19 December 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The snowstorms and torrential rain that battered the Mideast in mid-December threatened to make this Christmas season an especially difficult one for Christians in Gaza.

Families Tell Pope Their Concerns During Lunch in Bethlehem
Catholic News Service (25 May 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — When Elias Abu Mohor entered the Casa Nova convent for lunch with Pope Francis, he was surprised to realize he would be sitting at the same table with the pontiff.

Pope Urges Palestinian Refugees to Look to Future
Catholic News Service (25 May 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Pope Francis told young Palestinian refugees to look to the future and to always work and strive for the things they wanted.

Pope Invites Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Rome to Pray for Peace
Catholic News Service (26 May 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Pope Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray together at the Vatican for peace between their nations.

In Bethlehem, a Street Festival With a Touch of Faith, Justice, Culture
Catholic News Service (24 June 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Sitting outside their childhood home on Star Street, three sisters and their cousin chatted as they watched a small parade of children dance past, following a variety of clowns and jugglers and two giant dancing puppets.

Gaza War Dashed Hopes for Palestinian Tourism Windfall
Catholic News Service (10 December 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Palestinian hopes for a tourism windfall following Pope Francis’ spring pilgrimage did not pan out because the Gaza war broke out shortly after his visit, Palestinian Tourism Minister Rula Ma’ay’a told journalists.

For Arab Christians, Getting to Bethlehem Involves Checks, Imbalances
Catholic News Service (22 December 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Coming to Bethlehem during Christmas is like a family reunion for Afif Hazboun.

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.

Court Blocks Israeli Plan to Extend Separation Wall in Cremisan Valley
Catholic News Service (3 April 2015)
BEIT JALA, West Bank (CNS) — Israel’s Supreme Court blocked a plan to build a separation barrier through the Cremisan Valley in the West Bank that would have divided a Catholic monastery, a convent and adjacent olive vineyards.

Cardinal: Stability in Middle East Must Include Israel, Palestine
Catholic News Service (30 April 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Peace in the Middle East will need an abundant flow of mercy, without which pockets of “power gone mad,” such as Islamic State, “will multiply,” warned Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

Christian Leaders Hope Palestinian Saints Can Be Intercessors for Peace
Catholic News Service (8 May 2015)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Christian leaders in the Holy Land hope two new Palestinian saints will become intercessors for peace and a bridge among faiths.

Vatican-Palestine Accord Supports ‘Two-State’ Solution
Catholic News Service (13 May 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Vatican and Palestinian representatives have finalized the text of a formal agreement recognizing freedom of religion in the “State of Palestine” and outlining the rights and obligations of the Catholic Church, its agencies and its personnel in the territory.

Jordan Bank of River Where Jesus Baptized Declared UNESCO Heritage Site
Catholic News Service (15 July 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — UNESCO declared Bethany Beyond the Jordan, on the eastern side of the Jordan River, as a World Heritage site and the location of Jesus’ baptism.

Priest Says Situation in Gaza Continues to Deteriorate
Catholic News Service (17 July 2015)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (CNS) — One year after a war with Israel that turned daily life here into a nightmare, a Catholic priest in Gaza said the situation in this besieged Palestinian territory has deteriorated even further.

Priest Offers Mass Daily at Destroyed West Bank Olive Orchards
Catholic News Service (9 September 2015)
BEIT JALA, West Bank (CNS) — Since hundreds of olive trees were uprooted to make room for a separation barrier through the Cremisan Valley adjacent to this largely Christian village, Father Aktham Hijazin, Annunciation Parish priest, has been celebrating Mass daily behind red-and-white police tape.

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.

Praying and Hoping for Peace in Jerusalem’s Old City
Catholic News Service (19 October 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Following a week that included Palestinians stabbing Israelis, bloody clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces, and despair rising on both sides, the parishioners of St. Saviour Church in the Old City of Jerusalem came to Mass on 19 October to pray, mainly for peace.

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A Taste of Taybeh

Christians Returning to the Holy Land

Picture of the Day: "A Window to Our World"
The Lajee Center, in the Aida Refugee Camp in Palestine, provides youth living in the camp with an opportunity for recreation, education and cultural activities.

Jerusalem Christian Churches Issue Communiqué
Father Elias Mallon provides a brief description of the rocky political landscape that lay ahead of Palestine in its bid for statehood.

Picture of the Day: Praying in Palestine
In an undated photo from our archive: A seminarian prays in a church in Beit Jala, Palestine.

Another Perspective on Palestine and the U.N.
Rev. Elias Mallon discusses the current status of Palestine's bid for statehood and the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian peace process.

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.

Marking 100 Years "From Memory to Commitment"
Sami El-Yousef discusses celebrations commemorating 100 years of service by an organization with a history of collaboration with CNEWA.

Picture of the Day: Palestine Turns a Page
A nun reads a bible outside of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. (photo: Paul Souders)

Journey to the Holy Land: A Refuge in Bethlehem
Msgr. Kozar reports on his pastoral visit to the Middle East, including his visit to Aida Refugee Camp, Taybeh, and more.

Picture of the Day: The Ephpheta Miracle
Sister Lucy Maule of the Ephpheta Institute in Bethlehem, holds four-year-old Abdil-Karim Yosef Allush. (photo: Miriam Sushman)

Hopes in the Holy Land
Monday, Pope Benedict XVI used his annual State of the World address to express his hopes for a new round of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Picture of the Day: Remembering Christians in the Middle East
A woman waits for healthcare in Palestine. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Hope and Comfort in a Divided City
Accompanied by a group of friends and benefactors, CNEWA's Father Guido Gockel, M.H.M., and Gabriel Delmonaco met with the regional director for Israel and Palestine, Sami El-Yousef.

A Trip Cut Short
Life is complicated. It is a constant battle between good and evil and CNEWA is there, planting many good seeds.

The Resurrection Brings People Together
Dr. Bernard Sabella reflects on Easter in Palestine.

Where They See the Light
Fares Akram reflects on church-affiliated institutions in Gaza.

Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land?
As we noted last week, "60 Minutes" on Sunday night broadcast a report by Bob Simon on the exodus of Christians from the Holy Land.

Picture of the Day: A Christian Village
A retired priest sits near a painting of St. Lawrence at the Beit Afram home for the elderly in Taybeh. (photo: Rich Wiles)

A Graduation in Gaza
Sami El-Yousef attended a graduation ceremony in Gaza.

An Honored Guest
On 30 May 2012 the Pontifical Mission-Jerusalem invited Archbishop Antonio Franco, Apostolic Nuncio in Israel and Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine over for an informal gathering.

Picture of the Day: A Wall Divides Them
In this unpublished photo from 2004, a Palestinian mother and child await passage through the Israeli security barrier near the Arab village of Bethany. (photo: Kevin Unger)

An Exodus in Perspective
Sociologist Dr. Bernard Sabella discusses the exodus of Christians from the Middle East.

Picture of the Day: A Place of Healing for the Deaf
Sister Piera Carpenedo, director of the Ephpheta Paul VI Institute for Audio-Phonetic Rehabilitation, tells a story using a drawing. (photo: Steve Sabella)

Take Five: 5 Facts About Ramadan
Today marks the start of the Ramadan season, an important season of prayer and fasting for Muslims.

Page One: Headlines for 7/31/12
Stories of interest for 7/31/12

Catholic Leaders Condemn Planned Route of Wall
The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land condemns the planned route of the separation wall in Cremisan valley.

Picture of the Day: Flames of Faith in Chile
Did you know that Chile is home to the world's largest Palestinian community outside the Middle East?

Page One: Headlines for 11/19/12
Stories of interest for the day.

Gaza: When Will This Madness Stop?
It is amazing how, in the absence of a true and just peace in our region, a situation can turn upside down practically overnight.

Page One: Headlines for 11/21/12
Stories of interest for the day.

Page One: Headlines for 11/29/12
Stories of interest for the day.

Page One: Headlines for 11/30/12
Stories of interest for the day.

Take Five: 5 Things to Know About Gaza
The area now known as the Gaza Strip got its name from the ancient city of Gaza.

Page One: Headlines for 12/3/12
Stories of interest for the day.

Page One: Headlines for 12/6/12
Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: Suits of the Season in Palestine
In the Christian village of Taybeh in Palestine, a child plays near Santa suits on the grounds of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. (photo: Miriam Sushman)

Page One: Headlines for 12/10/12
Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: Setting the Table
Michael prepares a cup of flowers for the dinner table as his mother prepares lunch for the family. (photo: Bryan Denton)

Page One: Headlines for 12/17/12
Stories of interest for the day.

Page One: Headlines for 2/8/13
Stories of interest for the day.

Page One: Headlines for 2/13/13
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Dividing the Valley
Rev. Elias Mallon discusses the Israeli separation wall's encroachment into the Cremisan Valley.

“Keep Gaza and Its People in Your Prayers”
Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA's regional director for Palestine and Israel, paid a visit to Gaza from 22-24 April. An excerpt of his report follows.

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Picture of the Day: Practice and Promise in Palestine
One of the important works of CNEWA is spotlighted in the Spring 2013 issue of ONE, which looks at youth centers in Palestine.

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Meeting Palestine’s Newest Ambassadors
Father Elias Mallon describes an encounter with some young Palestinian "ambassadors."

Encountering Christians in the Holy Land: On Jordan’s Bank
Carl Hétu and the others visit the Jordan River

Picture of the Day: Palestinian Summer
Youths from the South Hebron Hills kick around a soccer ball at summer camp in the West Bank village of Tuba on 28 June. (photo: CNS/Debbie Hill)

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Picture of the Day: Olive My Love
In a grove near the West Bank city of Nablus women sort olives then remove stems and leaves. (photo: Ahikam Seri)

Picture of the Day: Prayers in Paint
The Summer issue of ONE takes us back to school, to learn about the art and spirituality behind creating icons.

Picture of the Day: Brush with Holiness
Icongrapher Ian Knowles works on a new icon for the shrine of Our Lady of the Mountain in Anjara, depicting scenes from the life of Christ. (photo: Nicholas Seeley)

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Picture of the Day: “Soon, Soon” for Peace Agreement?
Pope Francis shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience in the pontiff's library at the Vatican, on 17 October. (photo: CNS/Maurizio Brambatti, pool via Reuters)

Picture of the Day: Feeding Gaza
This 2006 photo depicts a street scene in the Gaza strip, a poor and crowded land with one of the highest population densities in the world. (photo: Steve Sabella)

Picture of the Day: Sew Far, Sew Good
A Gaza City woman works a sewing machine in a dressmaking class hosted by the the Near East Council of Churches. (photo: Eman Mohammed)

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Picture of the Day: Invoking Peace
Pope Francis looks on as Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embrace.

Picture of the Day: Another Middle East War
In 2004, we looked at the personal, often painful war being waged on drug addiction in Palestine.

How Can We Help to Grow Peace?
This past Pentecost Sunday, I was profoundly moved by the historic prayer summit our Holy Father hosted in the Vatican.

Picture of the Day: Writing on the Wall
n icon by Ian Knowles, written directly on concrete, adorns one of the segments of the Israeli separation wall near the Rachel’s Tomb checkpoint in Bethlehem. (photo: Tanya Habjouqa)

Picture of the Day: Doves for Peace in Palestine
Three years ago, we profiled a village in Palestine, where there was an unsual effort underway to promote peace.

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U.S. Bishops Condemn Cremisan Valley Barrier:
“Such Actions Undermine the Cause of Peace”

The latest developments in the Cremisan Valley — with Israel moving forward with construction of a controversial barrier that will divide the region—has prompted a response from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (U.S.C.C.B.).

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An Update on the Situation in Jerusalem
I returned home on 3 October after a one-week visit to New York to attend CNEWA’s annual planning meeting .

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A Visit to Gaza: ‘Life Must Go On’
Sami El-Yousef discusses his recent visit to Gaza.

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Picture of the Day:
A Memento From the Infant Welfare Center

Spring has arrived early in New York City, and, during a much-needed spring-cleaning of my desk, I uncovered this memento from a trip to the Holy Land back in 2013.

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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.

90 Years, 90 Heroes:
Brother Joseph Loewenstein, F.S.C.

One of the most familiar fixtures at Bethlehem University for several decades has been Brother Joseph Loewenstein, F.SC.

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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: Tensions in Jerusalem
With tensions still high in the Old City following weeks of violence, the Rev. Firas Aridah completed his work at the Latin Patriarchate early so he could leave Jerusalem for his West Bank parish before any possible violence began...

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Picture of the Day: Sustained by Faith
Palestinian Christians Najwa and George Saadeh pray in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (photo: Nadim Asfour)

Picture of the Day: Strength From Faith
Palestinian Christians Najwa and George Saadeh pray in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (photo: Nadim Asfour)

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from CNEWA Connections

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

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
(From CNEWA Connections March 2012)


(From CNEWA Connections NOVEMBER 2012)