from ONE

Turkey
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Heart of Byzantium

Perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Caught in the Middle

Searching for Common Ground
by Sean Sprague
(From Catholic Near East January – February 2001)
Hindu extremists continue to clash with Christians in India, often with grave results. A dialogue program hopes to effect a change.

A New Genesis in Nineveh
by Namo Abdulla
(From ONE magazine November 2011)
Iraqi Christians find safety in the Kurdish-controlled north

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.

The Ending of a History
by Thomas McHugh
photos by Luke Golobitsh
(From Catholic Near East July 1990)
For persecuted Christians still living in Turkey, life is a daily struggle.

“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.

from News

Bomb Explodes Outside Baghdad Church on Easter
Catholic News Service (26 April 2011)
A bomb exploded outside Sacred Heart Church in Baghdad April 24 after the Easter Masses had finished and parishioners had gone home.

Midnight Masses in Iraq Cancelled
Catholic News Service (22 December 2011)
LONDON (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic officials have canceled traditional Christmas Eve midnight Masses because of security risks.

Gunmen Attack Iraqi Archbishop’s Residence
Catholic News Service (13 January 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Gunmen shooting at guards keeping watch over the archbishop’s residence in Kirkuk in northern Iraq triggered a firefight, leaving two of the gunmen dead and five policemen wounded.

Assaults on Armenian Women in Istanbul Unsettle Christians, Muslims
Catholic News Service (31 January 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — As a light snow fell, Bahija Geyimli exited Immaculate Conception Armenian Catholic Church after Mass in the Samatya neighborhood, the heart of Istanbul’s Armenian community. If recent attacks in the area had scared her, she wasn’t showing it.

Syrian Refugees Make Best of Life in Lebanon
Catholic News Service (22 March 2013)
AJALTOUN, Lebanon (CNS) — The scent of cinnamon from freshly prepared bowls of custard filled a communal kitchen at the Syriac Center before the daily meal preparations began.

Sectarian Strife Scaring Away Egypt’s Christians
Catholic News Service (11 April 2013)
CAIRO (CNS) — Mounting sectarian violence in Egypt is pushing tens of thousands of Egyptian Christians to look for security abroad, say Christian community members, church leaders and aid workers.

Pope Prays for Orthodox Archbishops Kidnapped in Syria
Catholic News Service (24 April 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Acknowledging “conflicting reports” about two Orthodox archbishops kidnapped in Syria, Pope Francis prayed for them and for an end to the war in their country.

Cardinal Dolan Seeks Prayers for Kidnapped Orthodox Clergy
Catholic News Service (3 May 2013)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan challenged Massgoers to hold onto hope and to pray for the safety and well-being of two Orthodox archbishops kidnapped in Syria in late April while carrying out a humanitarian mission.

Syriac Bishop Decries Extremism
Catholic News Service (21 May 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Growing extremism in Syria could jeopardize the safety of all Christians, said Syriac Catholic Bishop Gregory Melki of Jerusalem.

Chaldean Patriarch Warns Surge in Violence May Divide Iraq
Catholic News Service (21 May 2013)
BEIRUT (CNS) — The patriarch of the Chaldean Church in Baghdad denounced a recent series of car bombings and shootings in Iraqi cities that left at least 54 people dead and dozens more injured.

Syrian Priest Killed in Rebel Attack on Franciscan Convent
Catholic News Service (25 June 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A 49-year-old Syrian priest and hermit was killed on 23 June, apparently when a group of rebels attacked the Franciscan Convent of St. Anthony in Ghassanieh, a village in the north near the Turkish border.

Italian Official Comments on Kidnapped Jesuit
Catholic News Service (7 August 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After more than a week with no word from Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian priest who worked for decades in Syria, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said, “it seems he has been kidnapped by an Islamist group” that is a “local version of Al Qaida,” the terrorist group.

Bishop Says Housebound Egyptians Running Out of Food
Catholic News Service (21 August 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Catholic bishop in Luxor, about 400 miles south of Cairo, said Muslims and Christians alike are afraid to leave their homes; because the shops are closed and no one is venturing outside, many are running out of food.

Indian Prime Minister Apologizes After Christian Marchers Beaten
Catholic News Service (13 December 2013)
NEW DELHI (CNS) — Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apologized to church leaders for the police beating of protesters — including priests and nuns — during a march to Parliament advocating for rights for low-caste Christians.

For Some Syrian Christian Refugees, Christmas a Sorrowful Time
Catholic News Service (26 December 2013)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Some Syrian Christian refugees taking shelter in neighboring Jordan did not have a happy Christmas, fearful for their uncertain future as the violent conflict in their homeland grinds on past 33 months with no end in sight.

Egyptian Bishop Says Violence Will Not Stop Constitutional Referendum
Catholic News Service (26 December 2013)
CAIRO (CNS) — A 26 December attack in Cairo and other violence will not keep Egypt from going ahead with its planned referendum on a new constitution, said Coptic Catholic Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza, Egypt.

Lebanese Bishop Says He Was Target of Failed Kidnapping
Catholic News Service (26 March 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Bishop Simon Atallah of Baalbek-Der El-Ahmar said he was the target of a failed kidnapping attempt on 22 March.

from Blog Content

Church Car-Bombed in Kirkuk, Iraq
Another church has been attacked in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The bombing comes less than two weeks after a Catholic and an evangelical church were targeted.

Picture of the Day: Healing in Hamdaniya
Nasrin Abdul-Ahad Aziz, 53, and her husband Tali Mati Nasser, left, have lost several family members as a result of ethnic and sectarian violence in Iraq. They now reside in Hamdaniya, Iraq. (photo: Safin Hamed)

"War on Christians"?
CNEWA Vice President Michael J. La Civita critiques a recent Newsweek cover story on violence against Christians.

Emergency Aid for Syrian Refugees
After more than one year of unrest, the ongoing political crisis in Syria has caused tens of thousands to be caught in the crossfire between government and opposition forces.

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Picture of the Day: "Christ Is Testing Us"
Coptic Christians grieve during the funeral for seven victims of sectarian violence at Samaan el-Kharaz Church in Cairo, Egypt, last year. (Photo: CNS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)

Vandals Attack Trappist Monastery Near Jerusalem
Vandals burned the door of a Trappist monastery outside Jerusalem and spray-painted a wall with the names of illegal Israeli outposts.

"Why Are They Taking It Out on Christians?"
John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter has some analysis and context on the recently vandalized Trappist monastery near Jerusalem.

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"After President Bashar, We Don't Know What Will Happen."
CNN reports on Christians' concerns about the prospect of a post-Assad Syria.

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

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Picture of the Day: Egypt’s Grief
Copts mourn after identifying a victim of sectarian and political violence. (photo: David Degner)

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Picture of the Day: Remembrance
In this image from 2005, an Assyrian Christian man kisses a cross before the liturgy begins at St. George Cathedral in Chicago. (photo: Christian Molidor, R.S.M.)

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Picture of the Day: Egypt in Crisis
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi carry a protester injured during clashes with riot police and the army in Cairo on 14 August. (photo: CNS/Asmaa Waguih, Reuters)

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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.

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Picture of the Day: Prayers for Egypt
A man prays during the Sunday liturgy at the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in the Maadi suburb of Cairo on 25 August. (photo: CNS/Dana Smillie)

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Picture of the Day: ‘The Family Is Suffering’
In this image from last month, people walk around a destroyed Protestant church in Mallawi, Egypt. (photo: CNS/Reuters)

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A Visit With the “Golden Lions” in Atlanta
CNEWA's Bob Pape visits the Golden Lions of St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta to discuss Christians in the Middle East.

Picture of the Day: Grief and Rage in Egypt
A man orates near a casket during a funeral on 21 October for one of four victims killed the previous day in an attack at a wedding outside the Church of the Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox in Cairo. (photo: CNS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany, Reuters)

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In Egypt, “Democracy Alone Cannot Be the Answer”
In the pages of America magazine, Rev. Elias Mallon discusses the fight for democracy in Egypt, and how this is impacting the local Christian communities.

Picture of the Day: “We Have Now Reached a Crisis”
Britain's Prince Charles speaks to religious leaders during a visit to a Syrian Orthodox Church in London on 17 December. (photo: CNS/Toby Melville, Reuters)

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Picture of the Day: Growing Fears in Egypt
A Christian farmer works the fields near his home in northern Egypt. (photo: David Degner)

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An Update on CNEWA’s Work in Syria
Msgr. John E. Kozar, CNEWA's president, introduces a report on matters on the ground in Syria.

Picture of the Day: Laying New Roots
A Coptic farmer walks through his field near Minya, Egypt. (photo: David Degner)

Picture of the Day: A Little Help
In this 2007 photo, a 3-year-old orphan helps a nun with the dishes at the Antiochene Orthodox Monastery of St. Thecla in Maaloula, Syria. (photo: Mitchell Prothero/Polaris)

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Fear Factor: The Life of Copts in Upper Egypt
Sarah Topol shares her thoughts on reporting on the Copts of Upper Egypt.

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