from ONE

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

Struggling on the Strip
text by Michele Chabin
photographs by Miriam Sushman
(From Catholic Near East January – February 2001)
Overcrowded refugee camps. Garbage-littered streets. Open sewers. Survival is difficult, but a few are making a difference.

(From ONE magazine January 2008)
from the world of CNEWA

Under Siege: Iraq’s Christians
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine July 2007)
With no end to the violence in sight, Christians are fleeing

Armenia After the Earthquake
text by Peg Maron
photos by Sarkis Boghjalian
(From Catholic Near East January 1993)
A trip to post-earthquake Armenia reveals a country still in desperate need.

Amazing Grace
by Sister Maureen Grady, C.S.C.
photos by Sr. Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East July 1993)
Sister Maureen Grady, who concludes her service as Chief Operating Officer of the Pontifical Mission, reflects on her career.

Who Are We?
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East April 1992)
A brief history of CNEWA.

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.

The Catholic Diplomat: Edmund A. Walsh, S.J.
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East October 1992)
A profile of Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., first president of Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

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?

Eritrea and Tigre: In Desperate Need
compiled by Catholic Near East staff
(From Catholic Near East January 1990)
An update on the ongoing war and subsequent famine in Eritrea.

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.

90 Years in Ethiopia
by Brother Austin David Carroll, F.S.C.
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East July 1990)
The Christian Brothers continue their dedicated service in war-torn, starved Ethiopia.

Armenia, Tried and True
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
Thoughts on our brothers and sisters in that struggling country.

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.

Paul VI and His Flock in the Holy Land
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
The Pontifical Mission for Palestine is a living testament to the vision and action of one man.

The Young, the Old, and the Handicapped: The Mission in Israel/Palestine
by Carol Hunnybun
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
Care of the needy and human development were dear to the heart of Paul VI. A Pontifical Mission director from those days remembers.

Building Amid Destruction: The Mission in Lebanon
by Issam Bishara
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1989)
The Pontifical Mission staff in Beirut seeks creative solutions to human suffering in a situation others call hopeless.

14 Years of Civil Strife in Lebanon
by Sister Maureen Grady, C.S.C.
photos by Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East August 1989)
Civil war has devastated Lebanon. Amidst this devastation, though, a glimmer of hope survives.

John Cardinal O’Connor: A Hands-on President
by Gary Seibert, S.J.
photos by Thomas McHugh
(From Catholic Near East October 1989)
An update on the work of John Cardinal O’Connor, Archbishop of New York and President of CNEWA.

Armenia: One Year After the Earthquake
compiled by Catholic Near East staff
(From Catholic Near East October 1989)
The latest news from Armenia as its people rebuild their lives and their country.

Mission and the Near East
by Monsignor John G. Nolan
photos by Sr. Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1987)
The living witness to Christianity in the lands of the first missionaries unites East and West.

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

The Long Road Home
by David Sheehan
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2004)
Lebanese rebuild their villages damaged by war

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

Waves of Destruction
text and photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From ONE magazine March 2005)
In India, a family copes with tragedy

from News

Displaced Families Aided
news from ONE Magazine (25 September 2006)
In little more than a month, generous benefactors throughout North America and Europe have given CNEWA more than US$625,000 to assist the agency’s emergency relief and development efforts in Lebanon.

Reconstruction Begins
news from ONE Magazine (22 May 2007)
Three German Catholic agencies have pledged funds to support postwar reconstruction efforts in Lebanon.

Ottawa Office Launches Campaign
news from ONE Magazine (24 January 2008)
CNEWA Canada has stepped up its efforts to assist Iraqi Christians.

Ukrainian Relief
news from ONE Magazine (11 September 2008)
CNEWA’s national office in Canada has launched an emergency appeal to aid families in western Ukraine – the country’s poorest region – displaced by the worst flooding in more than a century.

Bishops Described Christmas in Besieged Aleppo
Catholic News Service (28 December 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Because of ongoing fighting in the city, Catholic leaders in Aleppo, Syria, canceled their traditional Christmas visits to local government officials, but the local governor dropped in on a meeting of bishops and priests on 27 December to offer his best wishes, said Bishop Giuseppe Nazzaro.

U.S. Catholics’ Relief Efforts Help Syrians in Turkey
Catholic News Service (4 January 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — The relief efforts of U.S. Catholics are helping Syrian refugees in Turkey face their ordeal in a dignified manner that respects their priorities, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz.

Pope, JRS See Face of Christ in Faces of Refugees
Catholic News Service (20 June 2013)
ROME (CNS) — The photos of refugees projected on the facade of Rome’s Gesu Church are reminders of what Pope Francis would call the suffering body of Christ today, said the head of Jesuit Refugee Service.

Syrian Refugees Need Stronger International Support
Catholic News Service (21 June 2013)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Syrian refugees fleeing their homeland’s civil war deserve support from the international community in the form of food, water, shelter and education, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, of Tucson, Ariz., chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services.

For Syrian, Iraqi Refugees, Catholic Agencies Meet Wide Range of Needs
Catholic News Service (10 May 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Fleeing conflict and violence back home, refugees from Syria and Iraq praised the Catholic humanitarian agencies helping them to cope with their trauma while starting a new life in their adopted safe haven of Jordan.

No Electricity, Water: Caritas Official to Launch Appeal for Gaza
Catholic News Service (21 July 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The head of Caritas in Jerusalem said he would launch an international appeal to help with the Gaza Strip and would not wait until the end of Israeli-Hamas hostilities, as he had done in the past.

Catholic Aid Groups Hope Latest Israeli-Hamas Cease-Fire Holds
Catholic News Service (27 August 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Catholic aid organizations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they begin to assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war.

Catholic aid agencies seek funds to assist minorities in Iraq, Syria
Catholic News Service (28 August 2014)
RYE, N.Y. (CNS) — Catholic organizations in the United States have launched public appeals to fund assistance to Christians and other religious minorities displaced in Iraq and Syria.

Church Leaders, Politicians, Laity Meet in D.C. on Behalf of Christians
Catholic News Service (10 September 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Emphasizing that diversity does not preclude unity, nearly a thousand Christian leaders, politicians and laypeople gathered in Washington to launch a massive effort on behalf of the minority communities of the Middle East.

Indian Church Appeals for Flood Relief in Kashmir
Catholic News Service (11 September 2014)
CHENNAI, India (CNS) — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has appealed to Catholics to mobilize funds and materials to augment church relief work in northern Jammu and Kashmir state, devastated by floods.

Bleak Winter Awaits Kashmir’s Flood Victims, Say Church Workers
Catholic News Service (23 September 2014)
THRISSUR, India (CNS) — The hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by recent floods in northern Jammu and Kashmir state — the coldest region in the country — will have to face a very bleak winter, caution church aid workers.

Syrian Refugee Children Find Normalcy at Good Shepherd Center
Catholic News Service (19 December 2014)
DEIR EL AHMAR, Lebanon (CNS) — It could be the scene of an ordinary school day anywhere. Just a few days before Christmas, the younger students were making decorations and singing carols downstairs, while the older ones were taking their final exams upstairs.

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.

In Jordan, Latin Patriarch Encourages Refugees, Agencies
Catholic News Service (16 January 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem encouraged Iraqi and Syrian Christians fleeing conflict in their home countries and praised Catholic agencies supporting them.

CNEWA Officials Look at Long-Term Needs of Lebanon’s Refugees
Catholic News Service (26 January 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Officials of a pontifical aid agency said they saw much that needed done in Lebanon — if they could get beyond crisis mode.

Education a Priority for Church Agencies Aiding Iraqis
Catholic News Service (12 February 2015)
SHARIAH COLLECTIVE, Iraq (CNS) — Young children happily sing songs in Kurdish and Arabic, play interactive games, learn to count and how to read and write under a big colorful tent. Meanwhile, teens and pre-teens study more serious subjects.

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.

Catholic Aid Group Helps Displaced Syrian Christians
Catholic News Service (2 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — A pontifical aid organization has begun sending aid to families who fled their homes when Islamic State militants raided a cluster of Assyrian Christian villages on the Khabur River in northeast Syria.

Catholic Aid Groups Urge Humanitarian Response to Migrant Crisis
Catholic News Service (5 May 2015)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — As the European Union announced tough measures to curb the flow of migrants and refugees across the Mediterranean Sea, Catholic aid groups urged a more humanitarian response.

A Year After War, Gazans Persist at Rebuilding — With Help of Aid Groups
Catholic News Service (17 July 2015)
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (CNS) — Fawzi Abu Jame’a had finally finished building his family’s dream home just eight months before the beginning of the war between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic party that governs Gaza. Unable to work because of diabetes, Jame’a had borrowed money from friends to buy the last materials he needed, but he believed it was worth it. His two children could play inside without being seen by Israeli soldiers watching from the border less than a mile away.

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.

Aid Workers in Greece Brace for More Migrants, Despite Worsening Weather
Catholic News Service (13 October 2015)
LESBOS, Greece (CNS) — Greece is bracing for thousands more Syrians and other people to land on Lesbos and other key island crossings from Turkey, as those fleeing conflict remain undeterred by the worsening weather and colder autumn temperatures in their desperate search for safety in Europe.

Greece’s Caritas Aids Refugees With Food, Clothing, Human Warmth
Catholic News Service (20 October 2015)
IDOMENI, Greece (CNS) — Weary faces, fussy babies, little boys teasing little girls to the point of tears and repeated uses of the Arabic word, ”inshallah” (God willing) reflect the uncertainty faced by refugees trying to reach northern Europe.

Volunteers Are At Front Lines of Europe’s Response to Refugees
Catholic News Service (21 October 2015)
HEGYESHALOM, Hungary (CNS) — Along the border between Hungary and Austria, Rosala Holzschuh stands in the midnight darkness as thousands of refugees flow past her on their way toward Western Europe. As a cold wind swirls around her, Holzschuh looks for children with no shoes, and when she spots one, she grabs their parent and steers them toward a pile of donated socks and shoes.

from Blog Content

CNEWA Donor Named Man of the Year
On behalf of CNEWA, Megan Knighton congratulates Gregory Oussani for being named the Salaam Club of New York's Man of the Year.

The Crisis of Christians in Syria
ssam Bishara, our regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, puts the situation in Syria in context.

Picture of the Day: A Refuge in Lebanon
A Syrian family arrives at an army checkpoint in northern Lebanon on 27 March. (photo: CNS/Afif Diab, Reuters)

Update: Relief Efforts in Syria
Issam Bishara, CNEWA's regional director for Lebanon and Syria, details the effort to aid Syrian families in need.

Helping Syria's Smallest Victims
Vatican Radio today reported on the deepening crisis in Syria, with special attention devoted to the suffering children. Charities are calling for urgent funding - and that includes CNEWA.

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)

The Displaced Christians of Syria
Issam Bishara, CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, has compiled a brief report on the state of displaced Syrian Christians — on both sides of the nation’s border.

Picture of the Day: Swept Away
A woman waits to board a boat as she returns to her village on 13 October after Cyclone Phailin hit the village of Sunapur in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. (photo: CNS/Adnan Abidi, Reuters)

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)

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Stories of interest for the day.

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.

Please Support Our Brothers and Sisters in Iraq
Support those displaced by the fighting in Iraq!

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

Update From Gaza
Judith Sudilovsky shares an update on the status of Gaza and how CNEWA is helping the people of this beleaguered city.

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

FAQ on Christian Persecution in Iraq
A few days ago, the Archdiocese of Toronto posted on its blog an excellent primer on the unfolding crisis in Iraq - complete with advice on how others can help. We post it below for your information and guidance.

The Urgent Needs of the Refugees

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

CNEWA Rushes Aid to Displaced Iraqi Families

To alleviate the suffering of some 100,000 homeless Iraqi Christians, Msgr. John E. Kozar, president of CNEWA, is rushing $75,000 to partners in northern Iraq for urgently needed relief efforts.

“The Situation is Chaotic”

Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: Displaced in Iraq
People displaced by violence sit outside St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Ain Kawa, Iraq, on 14 August. (photo: CNS/courtesy Aid to the Church in Need-USA)

Sisters Show Their Support

Today, we received an email from Michel Constantin, CNEWA’s regional director in Beirut, with some important news on the work being undertaken to support our suffering brothers and sisters in Iraq.

In Gaza, “This Is a Window of Opportunity”
Catholic aid organizations — including CNEWA — are hoping the latest cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold.

Living in the Streets, Needing Everything

The Iraqi Christian community, perhaps the oldest in the world, has survived more than 1400 years under Islamic rule in its homeland.

CNEWA Receives Grant to Open Two Additional
Dispensaries in Northern Iraq

An independent Catholic family foundation, Raskob, has awarded Catholic Near East Welfare Association an emergency grant.

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.

Picture of the Day: Care for the Children of Iraq
Over the weekend, Michel Constantin, CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, submitted a brief report on the needs of refugee children in Iraq. (photos by Don Duncan)

Picture of the Day: Nineveh, 1000 Days Ago
In this 2011 photo, a shop owner in the market of Hamdaniya, a city in northern Iraq's Nineveh region, tends to his produce. (photo: Safin Hamed)

“Christianity is Bleeding”

We recently received the following urgent appeal from Sister Maria Hanna, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq.

Reach Out to Syria’s Christians
A young girl celebrates the Divine Liturgy in the village of Al Qaa in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, currently home to many Syrian refugees. (photo: Tamara Hadi)

Breaking in Syria:
Aid From CNEWA Reaches Families

A displaced Syrian girl finds temporary shelter at a school in Damascus, Syria, on 23 February. (photo: CNS/Youssef Badawi, EPA)

CNEWA Rushes Aid to Middle East Christians
The president of CNEWA, Msgr. John E. Kozar, has authorized the immediate release of $686,000 to assist the Christian community in the Middle East as part of CNEWA’s ongoing commitment to the region’s churches...

Dispensary Provides Medical Care to Refugees

After the ISIS attack on Mosul and Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq.

Picture of the Day: Helping Children Cope in Gaza
Children in in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip, participate in a psychosocial program run by the Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees of the Near East Council of Churches, funded in part by CNEWA. (photo: CNS/Paul Jeffrey)

Picture of the Day: Aid in Athens
Nikos Voutsinos, a worker with Caritas, distributes food at a soup kitchen in Athens, Greece. (photo: Don Duncan)

Walking With Migrants and Refugees
This Sunday marks the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

90 Years, 90 Heroes:
Imad Abou Jaoude

Imad Abou Jaoude, a young civil engineer, joined CNEWA in our Beirut office in January 2000...

90 Years, 90 Heroes:
Bishop George Calavassy

Greek Catholic Bishop George Calavassy’s requests for aid for his church, taxed by a refugee crisis following World War I, led to the creation of CNEWA...

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