As the president of CNEWA, I am privileged to visit many distant lands. And one of the special joys in each and every place is to meet the children. Children have a way of sharing with us a window into the soul of their country, their people and their tribe. The window is not cluttered or ornate; it is simple and clear and bright.
On a visit not long ago, I met the beautiful children of Ethiopia. In a way that only children can reflect, they helped me experience the joys, the hopes and the sufferings of the Ethiopian poor. They welcomed me into a world that is not sophisticated or complicated, but one that is pure, simple and sincere.
I passed thousands of children walking or running along footpaths on their way to school, each offering me a hearty wave and a beaming smile. Though hungry and often lacking basic nutrition, water and adequate housing, they are proud students and have great appetites to learn.
Their suffering is obvious, but their hope is radiant — a hope that is sustained and nurtured by CNEWA. It may sound trite when we refer to the young as the future of a nation. But Christ reminds us that children are the greatest asset of any nation or culture.
Let the children come to me.
We are blessed with children all over the world who are members of our CNEWA family. In their name, I offer you grateful thanks for your prayers and support.
May God bless all of you,
Msgr. John E. Kozar