Throughout the Holy Land — the biblical lands of Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria — religious sisters, priests, and lay men and women feed the poor, care for the sick, listen to the broken-hearted and find opportunities for families of all faiths who seek stability, security and a place to call home.

For all its current turmoil, war, political and civil strife and economic disparity, the Holy Land remains the cradle of Christianity. While the churches there remain small and vulnerable — especially to extremism — they are dynamic communities of faith witnessing the Gospel to all.

CNEWA, known as the Pontifical Mission throughout the Middle East, works with these communities, helping them respond to the daunting challenges confronting them. The churches work to address immediate existential needs of displaced families, such as medical care and food, and to more long-term investments in people’s lives, including counseling, education, formation and health care.

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