CNEWA

CNEWA carries out its work in the Middle East through the three regional offices of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine, founded by Pope Pius XII in 1949 and entrusted to CNEWA to administer and direct.

The Amman office serves the churches and peoples of Jordan and Iraq. The office in Beirut administers activities in Lebanon and Syria while programs in Palestine and Israel are the responsibility of the Jerusalem office.

Iraq

Though most of Iraq’s Christians have fled for the security of Jordan, Kurdistan or Syria, CNEWA continues to support the works of those Christians who remain.

With your gifts, we support Baghdad’s two Catholic hospitals, providing medicines, equipment and support for their care of the poor; care for orphaned children, including shelter, food and schooling; educate seminarians eager to serve the church as priests; and bolster catechetical programs for adults and youths, fortifying their faith that, for many, is all that remains.

Sister Teresa registers a new patient at Saint Raphael Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq.

Israel

Israeli Christians are caught in the middle. They are Israelis, but not Jews. Most are Arabs, but not Muslims. The government provides major assistance to Catholic and Orthodox schools, but not enough to maintain the high standards principals demand of themselves. Job opportunities are few, housing remains an issue. CNEWA supports the churches’ many outreach efforts, which benefit all Israelis, including facilities for the handicapped and marginalized and programs for the poor.

Jordan

Most of those living in Jordan are refugees — Bangladeshis, Circassians, Iraqis, Lebanese and Palestinians have all found refuge in this resource-poor kingdom. The churches are tiny, but very active. Thanks to you, CNEWA provides impoverished mothers and their babies with quality health care; builds churches; sponsors catechism classes and Bible camps; and provides emergency relief — housing, food, jobs — to refugees and others in need.

An Italian volunteer works with a disabled child in a classroom at Our Lady of Peace center in Amman.  (photo: Bill Lyons)

Lebanon

For more than a thousand years, the mountains and valleys of Lebanon have sheltered minorities — Christians, Druze and Shi’ite Muslims alike. CNEWA works with Christian, Druze and Muslim leaders to determine and prioritize community needs; builds homes, clinics and classrooms; restores village agricultural infrastructure; secures low interest loans for small business; provides care to impoverished children; and supports the education and formation of priests, sisters and lay leaders.

A construction worker pieces pipe together for a waste water system for 12 villages in the Shouf region.  (photo: Marilyn Raschka) 

Palestine

The churches in Palestine are tiny, yet their outreach to the peoples of the West Bank and Gaza is huge. Thanks to your support, CNEWA provides scholarships to university students; educates deaf children, teaching them to speak; supports youth activities, such as scout groups and Catholic youth organizations; provides health care to the poorest of the poor; refurbishes schools, churches and community centers; and coordinates worldwide Catholic aid activities.

Speech therapists at the Paul VI Ephpheta Institute in Bethlehem teach hearing-impaired children to speak.   (photo: Steve Sabella) 

Syria

Syria’s Catholic and Orthodox churches work together harmoniously — and we help them. CNEWA supports outreach to Iraqi refugees; helps the churches with housing and job programs; provides assistance for catechetical programs; bolsters pastoral programs of the churches; and builds churches and community centers.

Father Elias Hanout greets children in front of St. Elias Melkite Greek Catholic Church in the town of Ezraa, which sits in the Houran plain in southern Syria.   (photo: Armineh Johannes) 

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