CNEWA Canada

Frequently Asked Questions during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Is CNEWA still providing aid abroad?

Yes, our mission remains the same: to accompany the Eastern Catholic Churches in their good works in good times and in bad. Although some of our projects have been postponed, our partners in the field continue to serve the temporal needs of the poor and the marginalized, as well as their pastoral needs. They are working hard to give quality humanitarian and pastoral aid, which is adapting to the new realities they are facing.

Are you accepting donations at this time?

Yes, we are still accepting your generous donations and are able to send the funds almost as quickly as before to our offices and programs in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, Eastern Europe and India.

What forms of donation are you accepting?

If it’s at all possible, please consider donating online or by phone 1-866-322-4441. However, you can still send your gift in the form of a cheque made payable to CNEWA Canada.

We are also giving people the option of sending their donations via Interac e-transfer. If you would like to explore this option, please phone our office at 1-866-322-4441 and leave your name and number or send us an email at Someone will get back to you and explain in more detail how you can e-transfer your donation.

Can I give through PayPal?

Yes, please go to and CNEWA Canada’s page, then follow the instructions.

Is CNEWA providing support to Lebanon during this time of crisis?

Yes, CNEWA has launched an emergency campaign for Lebanon. Click here to visit our Lebanon emergency donation page.  CNEWA has been working in Lebanon since 1926, accompanying the local Church and people, and CNEWA opened an office at the request of Pope Pius XII in 1949.

Having worked in Lebanon over several decades, our office is integrated into the community and culture and is well respected in the region. Our staff is made up of 11 experienced Lebanese citizens who collaborate with the local Church and other Christian institutions to serve the diverse local community.

Why a COVID-19 emergency campaign?

We are responding to the invitation of Pope Francis “not to abandon the suffering, especially the poorest, in facing the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic”.  CNEWA, in collaboration with the Holy See’s Congregation for Eastern Churches, has launched an emergency campaign to care for the sick and the vulnerable affected by COVID-19 in the regions where we work – the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe. 

To contribute, please visit our COVID-19 Emergency page; and to learn more, please read our press release.

Does my donation go to the Vatican?

No, in accordance with the Canada Revenue Agency, all funds received go directly to our Regional Offices and partners with whom we work overseas.

Can I get a tax receipt for my donation?

Yes, as we are a registered charity, you will receive a tax receipt for any donation over $10. Please note that there will be some delay in issuing your tax receipt due to government measures taken to combat the pandemic. Our Charitable Registration Number is: 86775 7502 RR 0001.

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