CNEWA’s connection to Greece runs deep, back to the very roots of the association.
In 1924, a charitable organization known as the Catholic Near East Welfare Association was founded with the intention of raising funds for the humanitarian activities of Greek Catholic Bishop George Calavassy. Two years later, what we now know as CNEWA was born.
Much of CNEWA’s earliest work focused on activities in Greece and the Balkans. This later expanded to include other areas in need — most notably the Middle East, where the plight of Palestinian refugees in the late 1940’s was of special concern to Pope Pius XII.
For more on CNEWA’s history, and to learn how you can contribute to our mission, visit our web site (www.cnewa.org) or call 1.800.442.6392 (United States) or 1.866.322.4441 (Canada).