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What We Do

CNEWA works for, through and with the Eastern Catholic churches, identifying needs and implementing solutions. CNEWA:

Builds up the church

  • Prepares priests, religious and lay leaders for their roles of service in the church and provides assistance to them to facilitate their ministry
  • Restores and equips churches and convents, rectories and schools, and assists the work of the worldwide Catholic Church, especially the Holy See’s Congregation for the Eastern Churches and its councils for Promoting Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue.

(photo: Petterik Wiggers)

Affirms Human Dignity and Alleviates Poverty

  • Rushes basic supplies for the relief of displaced families and suffering people; provides health care to those in need, from expectant mothers and newborns to elderly pensioners; supports children with special needs, psychological and physical; and restores dignity to the elderly
  • Supports educational, medical, charitable and cultural initiatives of the local churches that serve children, the handicapped, the sick, the indigent, the homeless and the elderly; revitalizes communities; subsidizes microcredit programs and provides scholarship assistance.

Encourages Dialogue and Inspires Hope

  • Advances Christian unity and dialogue among all peoples, Christian and non-Christian; raises consciousness about the churches and peoples of the East; advocates respect for human dignity and human rights, understanding among peoples, justice and peace.