Cardinal Keeler Leads Pilgrimage
William Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore and Vice President of CNEWA, led a group of 57 pilgrims to the Holy Land and Rome from 10 to 20 May. Guided by Msgr. Denis J. Madden, Associate Secretary General, the pilgrims prayed at holy places in Bethlehem, Galilee, Haifa, Jerusalem and Nazareth. In Rome the pilgrims attended a general audience with Pope John Paul II and participated in a special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Keeler in his titular church, the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
A Tale of Two Worlds
More than 25 years ago, Mrs. Florence Reinmeyer wanted to sponsor a seminarian. When she broached the subject to her late husband, Charlie, he said, “Let’s do it together.”
The Reinmeyers wrote to CNEWA asking for a seminarian and were assigned Samuel Kottinadputhendeettil.
Thanks to the Reinmeyers, today Samuel is Father John Vianney Kottinattu, O.I.C., parish priest in the village of Kanjiramkulam.
Father John and Mrs. Reinmeyer remain in touch, but their only meeting was in Rome where Father John was studying in 1987. He showed the Reinmeyers about the Eternal City and celebrated a private Mass for them in one of its many chapels.
Mrs. Reinmeyer cherishes her memories of that wonderful week in Rome and is grateful that she and her husband had the chance to help Father John.
Historic Middle East Assembly
Patriarchs and bishops of all the Catholic churches in the Middle East met in Lebanon from 9 to 20 May to discuss the identity and ministry of the Eastern Catholic churches, their relations with other churches, their commitment to ecumenism, youth and their place in society, the role of women, human rights and the status of Jerusalem.
Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Newark, Chairman of the International Policy Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, represented the American bishops at this meeting of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of the Middle East, the first such event to be held in this region. Chorbishop John D. Faris, Assistant Secretary General, and Issam Bishara, our Regional Director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, represented CNEWA at the meeting.
We’re Number One!
In addition to its first place award for General Excellence, Catholic Near East magazine received three more awards – including awards for Best Article and Best Cover – on 28 May at the annual meeting of the Catholic Press Association in Chicago.
Citing the general excellence of the magazine, the panel of 18 judges praised its “vivid photography and in-depth first-person accounts.
“The stories in the entries gave history lessons and strong glimpses of life in such places as Syria, Russia and Jerusalem,” the judges stated. “We really wanted to get to know its subjects.”
Holy Sepulchre Events
CNEWA’s Secretary General, Msgr. Robert L. Stern, led Knights and Ladies of the Eastern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem on a Holy Land pilgrimage. The pilgrims prayed at the holy sites in Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. They also visited Rome.
The work of the church in the Holy Land and the plight of the region’s Christians was the topic of Msgr. Madden’s address to the North Central Lieutenancy at its annual ceremonies in Troy, Michigan, on 8 May.
The following weekend, at the annual meeting in Toronto of the Canada-Toronto Lieutenancy, Brother David Carroll, F.S.C., Assistant to the Secretary General, discussed the work of the order on behalf of the church in the Holy Land.
Golf Outing in September
The Uraham family wasn’t rich, but they were comfortable. Then the war started, and they lost it all. Their home. Their jobs. The church where they worshiped on Sundays. Their friends and neighbors.
Pope Benedict says faithful Catholics need to help suffering Christians in Iraq and across the Middle East. But the problem is so big, what can you do?
It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. Maybe you can’t stop war or poverty. But through CNEWA, you can protect one homeless Christian family. You can send one child to Catholic school. You can show your brothers and sisters you care.
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