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(from ONE magazine May 2007)

Reconstruction Begins
Posted: 22 May 2007

Parishioners survey the damages to Mar Elias Greek Orthodox Church in the southern village of Khiam.  (photo: Nasser Nassar/AP Images) 

Three German Catholic agencies have pledged funds to support postwar reconstruction efforts in Lebanon. The Archdiocese of Cologne has pledged €267,500; Missio Aachen, €260,000; and Church in Need, €125,000.

The contributions came in response to a 30-page report that assessed the damages to Lebanon’s churches and related institutions as a result of last summer’s fighting between Hezbollah and Israel.

Issam Bishara, Pontifical Mission’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, presented the report in January to a Rome meeting of Catholic donor agencies serving the Eastern churches.

These pledges compliment funds already collected for CNEWA’s Lebanese Relief Fund, which include $240,000 from our European partners and $952,000 from our generous North American donors.

CNEWA’s Pontifical Mission office in Beirut is coordinating reconstruction efforts with leaders of Lebanon’s Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Tags: Lebanon Relief