from ONE

Greek Orthodoxy in the U.S.: A Family Affair
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1996)
A history of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States.

Byzantine Catholics in the Midwest
by the Rev. Nicholas Rachford, J.C.L.
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1995)
Though transplanted from central Europe, Byzantine Catholics in the Midwest continue to follow the ancient rites and traditions of their church.

A Spiritual Homecoming
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1994)
The history of the small but dynamic Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in India.

The Art of Pysanky
text by Burnette Grega
photos by John Maio
(From Catholic Near East May 1993)
The origin and history of the Eastern European tradition of decorating Easter Eggs.

Eastern Catholicism in the American West
by Father Christopher Zugger
photos by Cary Herz
(From Catholic Near East July 1991)
The Byzantine Church is alive and well in, of all places, the American southwest.

Working Hard to Build Community
text and photos by Joan Tedeschi
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
The lay men and women of this parish brought it to life and sustain it. In turn, it enlivens and sustains them.

by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE January 2012)
The Orthodox Church in America

America’s Eastern Rite Catholics: Living Witnesses to Faith
by Regina J. Clarkin
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1982)
Eastern Catholics from around the world continue to celebrate their ancient liturgies on America’s shores.

from News

New Melkite Bishops
Catholic News Service (16 June 2011)
The Vatican announced approval of two new Melkite Catholic archbishops who had been elected by the Greek Melkite Synod of Bishops.

Nashville’s Coptic Catholic Community
Catholic News Service (15 August 2011)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — The small community of Coptic Catholics in Nashville, consisting of about 40 families who have moved to the city from their native Egypt, threw open their arms wide to welcome Cardinal Antonios Naguib, patriarch of the worldwide Coptic Catholic Church.

Views of Islam Differ in Europe and US
Catholic News Service (19 August 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Europe’s experience of anti–Islam legislation and sentiment grows out of a different social and cultural environment than is found in the United States, according to a political scientist who is following the issue.

Baltimore Archbishop to Head Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
Catholic News Service (30 August 2011)
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien of Baltimore as pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order (Knights) of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, based in Rome.

U.S. Muslims Ten Years After 9/11
Catholic News Service (12 September 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — A decade after the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, led to a backlash against Muslims, many Americans are still uncomfortable with followers of Islam and think its teachings are at odds with American values.

California’s New Chaldean and Assyrian Parish
Catholic News Service (13 September 2011)
ORANGEVALE, Calif. (CNS) — Tom Simon genuflects and kneels in prayer before the tabernacle. “It takes love, faith and sacrifice to build a house of the Lord,” he says.

New Maronite Chapel at National Shrine
Catholic News Service (28 September 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a ceremony reflecting their Lebanese heritage, Maronite Catholics gathered Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the consecration of a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lebanon.

New Maronite Patriarch to Visit U.S.
Catholic News Service (3 October 2011)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai will make his first pastoral visit to the United States Oct. 4-25.

Maronite Patriarch Visits United States
Catholic News Service (25 October 2011)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Unless Middle Eastern countries support religious freedom and respect human rights, the “Arab spring” movement will devolve into an “Arab winter,” said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai.

Assisi Encounter Inspires Events in the United States
Catholic News Service (3 November 2011)
GARRISON, N.Y. (CNS) — Peace begins with the individual, and each person is called to be a peacemaker.

Bishops Urge Catholics to Help Iraqis
Catholic News Service (16 November 2011)
BALTIMORE (CNS) — The nation and American Catholics both can help keep Iraq from sliding into chaos once U.S. troops leave the country at the end of the year, said two U.S. bishops who visited Iraq for four days in October.

U.S. Melkite Bishop Considers Ordaining Married Men
Catholic News Service (17 November 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — To address a shortage of priests in his nationwide eparchy, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Newton, Mass., is exploring the possibility of ordaining married men as priests.

New head of U.S.C.C.B. Ecumenical and Interreligious Office
Catholic News Service (21 November 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Father John William Crossin, a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales who served most recently as executive director of the Washington Theological Consortium, has been named executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Time to Give Iraq a Chance to ‘Function Independently’
Catholic News Service (9 December 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Over the past nine years in Iraq, the sacrifice of the U.S. military “and our nation as a whole has been tremendous,” Army chaplain Father Joel Panzer said, and soldiers in general feel “it’s time for us to leave” to give the nation the impetus “to function independently.”

Bishops Concerned About Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (11 January 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Almost a year after the eruption of the Arab Spring uprisings, the Middle East is a place of hope and fear for Christians, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz.

Jerusalem Religious Leaders on Environment
Catholic News Service (22 March 2012)
Adelie penguins walk on the ice at Cape Denison in Antarctica in this 2009 file photo. Religious leaders have urged people to take their faith-based commitment to the stewardship of God’s creation to the U.N. Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil 20-22 June. (photo: CNS/Paukine Askin, Reuters)

Strike on Iran Lowers Bar on Waging War
Catholic News Service (12 April 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — While Iran’s secret nuclear program has raised serious questions about that country’s intentions, a military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would not be justified under Catholic teaching in the eyes of the U.S. bishops and other Catholic leaders.

Eastern Catholics Offer Much to U.S. Church
Catholic News Service (16 May 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While their numbers are small and their material resources are few, members of the Eastern Catholic churches in the United States have much to offer the country in terms of their fidelity to Christ despite persecution and their deeply religious cultures, said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

U.S. Eastern Catholic Bishops
Catholic News Service (18 May 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Eastern Catholic bishops in the United States share their brother bishops’ concerns about religious freedom and evangelization, and see their distinct liturgies as powerful tools for expanding their flocks.

Chaldeans Face Moral Risks in United States
Catholic News Service (18 May 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Iraqi Catholics fleeing physical danger in their homeland often find themselves unprepared for the moral threats awaiting their families in the United States, said the head of Chaldean Catholics in the Western U.S.

U.S. Bishops’ Response to Syrian Massacre
Catholic News Service (31 May 2012)
Official for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops responds to the Syrian massacre.

West Bank Priest Calls on President Obama
Catholic News Service (14 June 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — U.S. President Barack Obama must be more pro-active in his support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rather than denigrating his ability to bring about a peace agreement with Israel, said a West Bank priest.

Catholic-Muslim Dialogue
Catholic News Service (16 July 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Participants in the 13th annual West Coast Muslim-Catholic Dialogue compared and contrasted the qualities of the believer in Islam and Catholicism during a recent meeting in Orange, Calif.

Vatican Laments U.S. Deaths in Libya
Catholic News Service (13 September 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the wake of the deaths of a U.S. ambassador and three staff members in Libya and the unrest triggered by a U.S.-made amateur film hostile to Islam, the Vatican decried disrespect toward all religions and deplored all violence as unacceptable.

Laity To Help Grow Eastern Catholic Churches
Catholic News Service (25 September 2012)
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (CNS) — The message hit Patrick Keegan loud a clear: He’s a leader in his Byzantine Catholic parish just as much as his pastor.

Christmas Stamp Depicts Holy Family in Egypt
Catholic News Service (12 October 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Postal Service Oct. 10 released a Christmas stamp featuring an image of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt.

Bishop Calls on U.S. to Defuse Israeli-Palestinian Tensions
Catholic News Service (13 November 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a Nov. 8 letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace took both Israel and Palestine to task for actions that he said undermined the possibility of a two-state solution in the Holy Land.

In Turkey, Prayer, Reflection After Embassy Attack, Death of US Tourist
Catholic News Service (5 February 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — In the second row of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ayhan Mutlucu sat in silence after 11 a.m. Mass. She had the seen TV reports that U.S. tourist Sarai Sierra was dead, apparently murdered after disappearing two weeks earlier in a nearby area.

Pope Extends U.S. Romanian Diocese to Canada
Catholic News Service (24 April 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Romanian Catholic bishop of St. George, based in Canton, Ohio, no longer ministers just to Romanian Catholics in the United States, he also has formal responsibility for all Romanian Catholics of the Byzantine rite across Canada.

Bishops Seek Cease-Fire and Disarmament in Syria
Catholic News Service (20 June 2013)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two bishops have called for the United States to seek a negotiated cease-fire in Syria’s civil war rather than arming combatants.

Maronite Bishop Shaheen Resigns; Cathedral Rector Named Successor
Catholic News Service (11 July 2013)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert J. Shaheen, 76, head of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon since early 2001.

Sharing Jerusalem Key to Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Catholic News Service (16 August 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Coveted as a spiritual and political capital by both Israelis and Palestinians, the status of the city of Jerusalem has stood out as one of the pivotal topics in their ongoing peace negotiations.

Catholic, Greek Orthodox Leaders in U.S. Welcome Pope-Patriarch Meeting
Catholic News Service (20 May 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America welcomed the 25 May meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem.

Bishop Pates, Pax Christi U.S.A. Call for Diplomacy to Resolve Iraq Crisis
Catholic News Service (24 June 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country.

U.S. Chaldeans Decry ‘Genocide’ of Iraqi Christians, Rally for Aid
Catholic News Service (4 August 2014)
DETROIT (CNS) — Shouting slogans such as “Obama, Obama, where are you? Iraqi Christians need you!” and “Stop the violence in Iraq!” about 150 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Detroit on 1 August to call awareness to the violent persecution of Christians in their native land.

Amid Iraqi Suffering, Chaldean Catholics Urged to Keep Focus on Jesus
Catholic News Service (6 August 2014)
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (CNS) — Standing in the sanctuary of Mother of God Chaldean Cathedral, flanked by an empty cross and two ominous red symbols, Chaldean Bishop Francis Kalabat led more than 1,000 people on 1 August in an earnest prayer for peace and a plea for help.

“We Need Actions, Not Words” to Stop Militants, Says Chaldean Leader
Catholic News Service (18 August 2014)
PHOENIX (CNS) — As the heart-rending images of Christians and Yezidis fleeing for their lives continue to pour in from Iraq, the Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq.

U.S. Dominicans Praying, ‘Agonizing’ for Iraqi Dominicans, Villagers
Catholic News Service (19 August 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Dominican Sister Attracta Kelly in Adrian, Michigan, has been able to speak a few times with the superior of a group of Iraqi Dominicans and knows how desperate their situation is since they escaped Islamicists in northern Iraq.

First Wave of Iraqis, Some of Whom Helped U.S., Feel Trapped in Jordan
Catholic News Service (2 September 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Iraqi refugees who fled sectarian violence following the 2003-U.S.-led invasion are fearful they could fall between the cracks as aid agencies scramble to help fresh arrivals escaping Islamic State brutality.

Church Leaders, Politicians, Laity Meet in D.C. on Behalf of Christians
Catholic News Service (10 September 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Emphasizing that diversity does not preclude unity, nearly a thousand Christian leaders, politicians and laypeople gathered in Washington to launch a massive effort on behalf of the minority communities of the Middle East.

Christian Leaders Meet Obama, Discuss Concerns for Middle East Minorities
Catholic News Service (12 September 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Eight Eastern Christian leaders spent 40 minutes talking to President Barack Obama about the situation of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

Advocate Because You Care, Not for Political Votes
Catholic News Service (16 September 2014)
Responding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is a 15 September column titled “The Cry of the Persecuted: Advocate Because You Care, Not for Political Votes” that appears on the Patheos website, It was written by Michael J.L. La Civita, who joined Catholic Near East Welfare Association in 1989 and is the papal agency’s communications director. He also is a knight commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

U.S. Ukrainian Bishops Urge Prayer, Fasting for Peace
Catholic News Service (13 February 2015)
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — The Ukrainian Catholic bishops in the United States appealed for daily fasting and prayer for the citizens of Ukraine, their elected officials and the Ukrainian army.

Help Us ‘Go Back Home,’ Displaced Iraqi Sister Urges U.S. Congress
Catholic News Service (13 May 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Speaking quietly and deliberately, Dominican Sister Diana Momeka from Iraq urged a congressional committee hearing on 13 May to help the displaced Christian refugees in Iraq to “go back home.”

from Blog Content

Jerusalem Christian Churches Issue Communiqué
Father Elias Mallon provides a brief description of the rocky political landscape that lay ahead of Palestine in its bid for statehood.

Coming to America
The Associated Press reports on Arab Christians leaving the Middle East for the West, a trend CNEWA has been detailing for years.

Unfinished Business in Iraq
In Iraq, close to a decade of war and humanitarian crises has left much work to be done, if the nation is to rebuild and heal.

"He is a Great Example for Humanity"
Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai visits the Lebanese-American community of Detroit.

The "Best-Kept Secret of the North American Catholic Church"
A recent conference in Ohio brought together hundreds of Eastern Catholics from many churches.

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Picture of the Day: Prayers for Boston
People comfort each other after explosions went off at the Boston Marathon on 15 April. (photo: CNS/Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters)

Picture of the Day: India's Christians in the New World
Catechism and Bible study are priorities for Indian-American Christian communities. (photo: Maria Bastone)

Picture of the Day: "Little Ethiopia"
A boy receives Communion at an Ethiopian Orthodox church in Temple Hills, Maryland. (photo: Erin Edwards)

Picture of the Day: East Meets West
Today, the Vatican announced this coming Sunday, 19 May, Cardinal Cleemis Mar Baselios, major archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Church, will take possession of his titular church in Rome, St. Gregory VII al Gelsomino. (photo: John E. Kozar)

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Meeting Palestine’s Newest Ambassadors
Father Elias Mallon describes an encounter with some young Palestinian "ambassadors."

Picture of the Day: Holy Hollywood
A mural depicting the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin and Mount Ararat adorns a brick wall in Hollywood’s “Little Armenia.” (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: The Greeks in “Mormon Zion”
Father Elias Koucos presides over the liturgy at Prophet Elias Church in Holladay, Utah. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

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Picture of the Day: Teach Us to Pray
Philip Deeb and Philip Massamiri read from a prayer book during services at St. Ephrem Maronite Academy. (photo: Lyon Liew)

Picture of the Day: In a Pilgrim’s Pocket
In Alaska, pilgrims bring to the tomb of St. Herman their well-worn travel icons. (photo: Clark James Mishler)

Picture of the Day: Praying for Ukraine in America
Altar server Andriy Palchak, 14, holds a candelabra at a celebration of the feast of Theophany at St. Mary’s Assumption Ukrainian Catholic Church in St. Louis on 12 January. (photo: CNS/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

Picture of the Day: Middle East to Southwest
A Dominican Sister of St. Catherine of Siena from Iraq visits El Cajon, California, for the ordination of her nephew at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in August 2015. (photo: Nancy Wiechec)

The Face of CNEWA
Deacon Greg Kandra writes in from California, where he and Chris Kennedy visited a longtime donor.

Picture of the Day: Spiritual Reflection
An altar server waits for the liturgy to begin at Holy Family Chaldean Catholic Mission in Phoenix. (photo: Nancy Wiechec)

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Picture of the Day: An August Tradition
A priest presides at the Blessing of the Grapes, an ancient festival celebrated every August at the St. James Armenian Apostolic Church in Watertown, Massachusetts. (photo: Ilene Perlman)

Picture of the Day:
Bishop Richard Seminack, ‘Loved by His People’

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Bishop Richard Stephen Seminack has passed away.

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CNEWA Visits Connecticut
Saturday morning, CNEWA paid a visit to the Archdiocese of Hartford. We dropped by the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut to speak to deacons and their wives about the ongoing crisis in the Middle East...

Picture of the Day: A Time for Feasting
At St. Mary’s, a Byzantine Catholic church in Kingston, Pennsylvania, parishioners make peroghi. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

‘Let There Be Light’: CNEWA Visits Massachusetts
Deacon Greg Kandra and Christopher Kennedy visited the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

The East Heads West:
CNEWA Visits the L.A. Religious Ed Congress

CNEWA Visits the L.A. Religious Ed Congress

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Picture of the Day: Fearing ‘the Drums of War’ in Syria
A Syrian child evacuated from Douma reacts upon arrival 11 April in Aleppo, Syria.

Picture of the Day:
Catholics Welcoming Muslims With Art

from CNEWA Connections

(From CNEWA Connections DECEMBER 2012)