Take Five: 5 CNEWA Cardinals

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, right, smiles after a meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization at the Vatican, October 26, 2012. Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong is second from left. (photo: CNS photo/Paul Haring)

This week’s announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will create six new cardinals next month — including two with ties to CNEWA — reminded us of a few other cardinals connected to our work.

Here are five:

  • Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, is a trustee for CNEWA India. Our efforts in southwestern India, the Syro-Malabar Catholic heartland, would be for naught were it not for the close partnership forged with this dynamic prelate.
  • Cardinal Thomas C. Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, is a member of the board of directors for CNEWA Canada and an invaluable partner for our efforts there. He has rallied his parishes to support Iraqi refugees, from providing material assistance to sponsoring families seeking refuge in Canada.
  • Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, serves as chair and treasurer of CNEWA. For decades — as priest, bishop and archbishop — he has championed our work. As chair, he leads us with enthusiasm and emboldens us to do more for the Eastern churches.
  • Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore, has been much more than a trustee of CNEWA. His tireless advocacy for unity and mutual understanding, especially between Catholics and Jews, Muslims and Orthodox Christians, has inspired us in our own witness.
  • Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, is our primary collaborator in the Holy See, and we maintain a special relationship with the congregation he leads. He is also a staunch advocate of CNEWA?s activities for, through and with the Eastern churches.

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