from ONE

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

issues
by Michael Lerner
(From ONE magazine January 2006)
Anti-Semitism and Criticizing Israel

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

Writing on the Wall
text by Marilyn Raschka
photographs by Kevin Unger
(From ONE magazine July – August 2004)
The Israeli security barrier deepens the divide in the Holy Land

Challenges For A Land Of Immigrants
by Michele Chabin with photographs by Ilene Perlman
(From ONE magazine November 2008)
Ethiopia’s Jews adapt to a new life in Israel

Caught in the Middle
by Michele Chabin
(From ONE magazine March 2010)
A minority within a minority, Israel’s Arab Christians muddle through

Israel
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
A modern state with ancient roots

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

Jews
by Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine July – August 2004)
From the Secretary General

Children’s Hospital Heals More Than Illness
by Eileen Reinhard
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2003)
Health care facility in Israel promotes peace through its interfaith initiative

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

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.

See-Saw
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East July – August 2000)
What do we see when we think we saw what we saw?

They Call It the House of Grace
text by Felix Corley
photographs by Ilene Perlman
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1998)
A unique community in Haifa, Israel, offers hope to the disadvantaged and needy.

A Rock and a Hard Place
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1998)
Msgr. Stern describes his interfaith journey to Israel and Rome and explains why St. Peter was a central figure.

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.

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.

Heart to Heart in Haifa
text by Felix Corley
photographs by Ilene Perlman
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1997)
The Daughters of Charity deliver extra doses of love and support to some often-forgotten, special children in Israel.

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.

Ring Around a Rosy
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1995)
The tenuous situation in Jerusalem echoes a morbid children’s rhyme.

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.

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?

A Historic Agreement
by Archbishop Renato R. Martino, J.C.D.
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1994)
A “fundamental agreement” is drawn in an attempt to improve relations between the Holy See and the state of Israel.

Striving for Health and Social Justice in the Galilee
text by Lise Grande
photos by Karen Lagerquist
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1994)
The Galilee Society, supported by CNEWA’s Pontifical Mission, tries to address the health care crisis of Israel’s Arab population.

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.

Children’s Art for Peace
text by Peg Maron
photos: courtesy, Givat Haviva
(From Catholic Near East July 1993)
A children’s art exhibit in New York works toward improving Jewish-Arab relations in the Middle East.

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.

Streams of Jewish Life in Israel Today
by Rabbi David Rosen
photos by Karen Lagerquist
(From Catholic Near East October 1992)
A profile of Israel’s diverse Jewish community.

Peace in the Middle East: The U.S. Bishops’ Statement
by Archbishop Roger M. Mahony
(From Catholic Near East January 1990)
Archbishop Mahoney discusses the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ statement, “Toward Peace in the Middle East: Perspectives, Principles and Hopes.”

Reaching Out to Neighbors
by Katerina Katsarka Whitley
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
An update on the activities at Maison du Sacre Coeur in Haifa.

Reflections on an Afternoon in Ain Karem
text and photos by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1988)
Even a few hours with the CNEWA-sponsored boys in Ain Karem reveal the courage and vulnerability in their playfulness.

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.”

“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 Gift of Grace
text and photos by Lucinda Kidd
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1988)
The House of Grace in Haifa is rebuilding a broken Palestinian community.

A Joyous Bedlam
by Michael Healy
photos by Sr. Christian Molidor, R.S.M.
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1987)
In the Maison du Sacre Coeur in Haifa, a rehabilitation program brings joy to mentally challenged children.

Issues
by Ron Kronish
(From ONE January 2012)
Jewish and non-Jewish identities in Israel

The Hidden World in the House of Light
by Catherine O’Hagan
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1985)
Children in Haifa with special needs find dignity in La Maison du Sacre Coeur.

Mar Saba: Vigilant in the Valley of Decision
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1985)
The austere monastic heritage of the Eastern Church can be witnessed in a historic desert monastery called Mar Saba.

Caesarea: A City for All Times
by Brenda Fine
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1984)
Once the capital of Palestine, a Romanesque city on the coast of Israel is a treasure trove of Christian history.

The Samaritans
by Rev. Terrence J. Mulkerin
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1980)
Descendants of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the Samaritans still travel to biblical Mount Gerizim to offer their Passover sacrifice.

Rising From the Ashes
text by Ben Cramer
photographs by Peter Lemieux
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2003)
Job creation program is helping to ease unemployment crisis for Palestinians

from News

Holocaust Survivor Represents Israel at Pope John Paul’s Beatification
Catholic News Service (2 May 2011)
In an unusual move, the Israeli government sent an official delegate to the beatification of Pope John Paul II, choosing a government official who survived the Holocaust because he was entrusted to a Catholic family.

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.

Vatican-Israeli Commission Progress
Catholic News Service (17 June 2011)
The Vatican and Israel said they made good progress on financial and fiscal issues in a top–level meeting at the Vatican.

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.

Israeli Ambassador Praises Pius XII
Catholic News Service (29 June 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican caused a controversy when he made unusually positive comments about Pope Pius XII’s role in efforts to save Jews during World War II. Days later, he modified his position to say that his comments were personal and historically premature.

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.

Pope Meets Israeli Religious Leaders
Catholic News Service (10 November 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Dialogue is essential for religious leaders in the Holy Land, “a place full of memories sacred to our traditions,” but a place that each day faces challenges to living together in harmony, Pope Benedict XVI told religious leaders from Israel.

Israeli Ambassador on Holy Land Tattoos
Catholic News Service (9 December 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Intellectual curiosity about a very particular aspect of Christian pilgrimages to Jerusalem has gotten under the skin of Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See.

In Israel, Indian Catholics Celebrate With Leaders
Catholic News Service (2 March 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — At the entrance to St. Saviour Church, Aloysious Leone and women in traditional Indian dress gathered around Trivandrum Archbishop Mari Soosa Pakiam to ask his blessing and kiss his ring.

VIDEO: “Holy Land Tour Part I”
Catholic News Service (2 March 2012)
In part one of a three-part series on the Holy Land, Catholic New Service visits Galilee, Israel, where Jesus ministered.

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.

Vatican-Jewish Dialogue
Catholic News Service (2 April 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican-Jewish dialogue commission said moderation, honesty and a fair distribution of world resources are the ingredients for a more just economic order.

Strike on Iran Lowers Bar on Waging War
Catholic News Service (12 April 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — While Iran’s secret nuclear program has raised serious questions about that country’s intentions, a military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would not be justified under Catholic teaching in the eyes of the U.S. bishops and other Catholic leaders.

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.

Vatican Will Not Recognize Israeli Occupation
Catholic News Service (13 June 2012)
ROME (CNS) — An eventual agreement between Israel and the Vatican over property taxes and property rights in no way will imply that the Vatican recognizes Israel’s claims over East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a top Vatican official said.

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.

Maronites in Israel Learn Aramaic
Catholic News Service (25 June 2012)
JISH, Israel (CNS) — Aramaic language classes begun four years ago at Jish Elementary School have changed the way youngsters experience the weekly liturgy.

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.

Pope Transfers Nuncio From Australia to Israel
Catholic News Service (21 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 apostolic delegate in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories.

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.

Trappist Monastery Near Jerusalem Vandalized
Catholic News Service (6 September 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Vandals burned the door of a Trappist monastery outside Jerusalem and spray- painted a wall with the names of illegal Israeli outposts, one of which had been evacuated two days earlier.

Jerusalem Holy Site Dispute
Catholic News Service (8 November 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — A dispute over an unpaid water bill reportedly running to $2.3 million could threaten the daily functioning of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of Christendom’s most holy sites.

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.

Nun Helps Eritrean Refugees in Israel
Catholic News Service (15 November 2012)
TEL AVIV , Israel (CNS) — Comboni Sister Azezet Kidane is fluent in Amharic, Tigrit, Arabic and Sudanese dialects, so she was a natural choice when a shelter for African refugees needed help.

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 Starts Construction on Family Center in Nazareth
Catholic News Service (17 April 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Construction should begin soon on a large guesthouse for families on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and an international center dedicated to promoting Catholic teaching on the family.

Israeli President Invites Pope to Visit Israel
Catholic News Service (1 May 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Israeli President Shimon Peres officially invited Pope Francis to Israel, telling the pope “the sooner you visit the better, as in these days a new opportunity is being created for peace, and your arrival could contribute significantly to increasing the trust and belief in peace.”

Israeli Court OKs Construction of Wall Through Salesians’ Property
Catholic News Service (2 May 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — An Israeli court has approved the construction of the Israeli separation barrier along a route through the Cremisan Valley that will nearly surround a convent and its primary school and confiscate most of their land on the outskirts of Beit Jala, West Bank.

Small Acts of Faith Vital to Israeli Village
Catholic News Service (18 July 2013)
MUQEIBLEH, Israel (CNS) — Every evening, Suhad Shunnara, 32, reads the Bible to her three sons and kneels with them to say the rosary. On Friday, she and her husband, Fuad, 40, send the children to religion class, and on Saturday, after Mass, they all watch a Christian TV channel together.

Comboni Nun Works to Help Eritreans Tortured, Raped En Route to Israel
Catholic News Service (13 November 2013)
TEL AVIV, Israel (CNS) — Comboni Sister Azezet Kidane is fluent in Amharic, Tigrit, Arabic and Sudanese dialects, so she was a natural choice when a shelter for African refugees needed help.

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.”

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.

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.

Pope Phones Rabbi, Offers Condolences Over Israeli Teens’ Murder
Catholic News Service (2 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis telephoned Rome’s chief rabbi to personally express his sadness over the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found on 30 June in Hebron, West Bank.

Jerusalem Patriarch: Don’t Punish All Gaza Palestinians Because of Hamas
Catholic News Service (23 July 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — It is impossible for Israeli military to target Hamas missiles without hitting civilians in the Gaza Strip, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

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.

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.

In Destroyed Israeli Village, Exiled Residents Unite at the Church
Catholic News Service (15 April 2015)
IQRIT, Israel (CNS) — For the elders of Iqrit, their biggest regret in life is not having been able to raise their children together. On April 13, they congregated with the younger generations in the old Church of St. Mary for Easter Monday Mass in this destroyed Melkite village perched on a sloping hill in Western Galilee.

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.

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.

Pope Meets Israeli President, Expresses Hopes for Peace
Catholic News Service (3 September 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics joined others in protesting Israel’s extension of its security wall, further dividing Palestinians and Israelis, Pope Francis gave Israeli President Reuven Rivlin a tangible sign of his hopes for peace.

Israel’s Christian Students Demonstrate Against Cuts in School Budgets
Catholic News Service (8 September 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — As Israeli students began their second week of classes on 6 September, thousands of students and teachers from Christian schools converged in front of the Israeli prime minister’s office to protest government budget cuts to their schools.

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.

After Monthlong Strike, Christian Schools Open in Israel
Catholic News Service (29 September 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Christian schools opened in Israel Sept. 28 after an almost monthlong strike demanding equality in budgeting.

Hebrew-Speaking Catholic Community Flourishes in Jerusalem
Catholic News Service (9 October 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — A smiling priest takes the tiny hand of the child tugging at his vestments, even before he leaves the altar, and together they jubilantly process out of the Sunday Mass as the congregants belt out an uplifting worship song in Hebrew.

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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Christians Returning to the Holy Land

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.

Picture of the Day: Steps Toward Peace
Students from different faith backgrounds - but predominately Muslim and Christian - perform modern and traditional dance at the Latin Convent school in the town of Nazareth, Israel.

Journey to the Holy Land: On To Galilee
Msgr. Kozar reports on his pastoral visit to the Middle East: after concluding the Jordanian leg of the journey, he and Father Guido travel to Israel.

Journey to the Holy Land: Galilee
Msgr. Kozar reports on his pastoral visit to the Middle East, sharing his experiences in Galilee.

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.

Picture of the Day: Tailor Made Success
At the N.E.C.C. workshops in Gaza City, students learn to sew dresses. (photo: Eman Mohammed)

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)

Picture of the Day: Tender, Loving Care for the Disabled
A sister speaks with a resident of the Maison du Sacre Coeur, a Catholic institution run by the Daughters of Charity that serves the needs of specially challenged children. (photo: John E. Kozar)

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

Picture of the Day: Praying in the Language of Jesus
Israeli-Arab fourth-grade students pray in Aramaic during language class at Jish Elementary School in Jish, Israel, 20 June. (photo: CNS/Debbie Hil)

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Picture of the Day: Reviving the Jordan River
In this 2005 photo, a couple admire the late afternoon view of the the King Talal dam on the Zarqa River, the second largest tributary of the Jordan River. (photo: Greg Tarczynski)

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Jerusalem Bids Farewell to the Armenian Patriarch
His Beatitude Torkom II, Patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Jerusalem, was laid to rest at the Armenian cemetery at Mount Zion.

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: Praying in Gaza
Israeli reserve soldiers pray at a staging area near the border with northern Gaza on 20 November. (photo: CNS/Nir Elias, Reuters)

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.

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Picture of the Day: Israel's Ethiopian Jews
A few years ago, we took a look at a particularly interesting demographic in the Holy Land: Jews who had moved to Israel from Ethiopia.

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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)

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Encountering Holy Land Christians: Mass in Arabic
Carl Hétu and the others attend Mass in a Latin parish of Reineh, a small village near Nazareth.

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

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Encountering Holy Land Christians: Velma’s Dream Come True
Velma Harasen, former president of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada, shares a reflection after participating in the C.W.L.’s Holy Land pilgrimage with CNEWA.

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Picture of the Day: Onward, Christian Soldiers … in Israel
Jennifer Jozel, 17, a Catholic, holds a candle inside the Dormition of the Virgin Church in the Israeli Christian village of Mi'ilya in Galilee. She will join the air force in September. (photo: CNS/Debbie Hill)

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Prayers for Peace
On the feast of Pentecost, Sunday, 8 June, the president of Israel, Shimon Peres, and the president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, will gather in the Vatican with Pope Francis to pray for peace in the Holy Land.

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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.

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: Intertwining Cultures
Bat-El Shmueli, an Ethiopian woman who has been in Israel for more than two decades, works closely with the new Ethiopian community as a supervisor of the organization Ethiopian National Project in Haifa. (photo: Ilene Perlman)

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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)

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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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Picture of the Day: Instruction Constricted
Israeli-Arab fourth-grade students pray in Aramaic during language class. Dozens of Christian schools in Israel may be shutting their doors this year due to restrictions by the Israeli government, Christian educators warn. (photo: CNS/Debbie Hill)

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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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Picture of the Day: A Joyous Perspective
The Rev. Androwas Bahus, a Melkite Greek Catholic priest working in Galilee, shows the view from the roof of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Akko, Israel. (photo: Ilene Perlman)

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Picture of the Day: Galilee Gaiety
Father Androwas Bahus performs a wedding at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in the city of Shefa-‘Amr, Israel. (photo: Ilene Perlman)

Picture of the Day: All in a Day’s Work
The Rev. Androwas Bahus teaches children in the smallest of his parishes at St. Andrew the Apostle Melkite Greek Catholic Church, in Akko, Israel. (photo: Ilene Perlman)

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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: 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...

Picture of the Day: Day Care in Jerusalem
Fadia Shamieh, from the Palestinian Christian town of Beit Jala, plays with children inside the St. Rachel Center in Jerusalem. (photo: Ilene Perlman)

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from CNEWA Connections

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