Peace this Christmas


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(photo: Steve Sabella)

This time of year, we celebrate and give thanks for Jesus Christ, who came to earth to redeem us and bring lasting peace. He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (Jn 14:27)

Events in the world today can bring about fear. Peace seems difficult, if not impossible — especially in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East, where:

•  An endless brutal war in Syria is forcing
   thousands of families into exile;

•  Another violent confrontation between
   Israel and Hamas has brought pain, fear
   and death, mainly to Gaza’s innocent families;

  • Political unrest and protests in Egypt are creating a tense situation for Christians;

  • Iraqi Christian refugees are fleeing again — this time from Syria, some even returning to dangerous conditions in Iraq.

Yet, amidst all the hardship in the Middle East, CNEWA has been there on your behalf — to be a beacon of hope and the light of Christ to the downtrodden. Let us continue to bring Christ’s light to those in darkness. Please consider giving a special Christmas gift to CNEWA.

I have a gift for you. In 1949, Msgr. Thomas McMahon, the president of CNEWA, journeyed to Bethlehem to concelebrate Christmas Midnight Mass at the Basilica of the Nativity. He brought with him the special intentions of the generous benefactors of CNEWA. This year his successor, Msgr. John E. Kozar, will continue this tradition. If you let us know, he will carry your special intentions with him.

The Pope keeps Middle East Christians close to his heart, as we saw in his recent trip to Lebanon. This Christmas, will you pray with him for peace in the Middle East and throughout the world?

I pray you have a joyful Christmas season and a blessed New Year.


Carl Hétu
National Director

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