Meeting His Beatitude

Another visitor from the East popped into our office today: Major Archbishop Baselios Mar Cleemis of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in India. Lovely man. Awesome beard, too. [Read more...]

A special Sheen

Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting the niece of a future saint — and a personal hero — the now-Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Joan Sheen Cunningham dropped by the offices of CNEWA to say hello to her old friend, the agency’s president, Msgr. John Kozar. Kozar has been active (along with Cunningham) in the [Read More...]

What is CNEWA?

We have a new video posted on our award-winning blog One-to-One that offers what I think are some inspiring and compelling answers. The video is below.  Enjoy.  And you can find out more about the agency where I work at this link.   [Read more...]

This ONE won

Periodically, when people hear I’m the Executive Editor of a Catholic magazine, they ask me which one. “ONE,” I reply. “Right,” they’ll say.  “But WHICH one?” And then we’re off to an Abbott and Costello routine. If anyone really wants to know WHICH one, it’s THIS one: ONE (shown above,) published by CNEWA.  At the [Read More...]

“What an uplifting feeling to know that God has blessed this Church with so many priestly vocations…”

It’s not every day that an American priest gets to celebrate Mass with several hundred seminarians in India.  But Msgr. John Kozar of CNEWA (um, he would be my boss) did just that the other day while on a pastoral visit, and he blogged about it: We arrived a little after 6 a.m. at St. Thomas [Read More...]

Desert days

Since we often consider Lent to be time spent in the desert, it’s instructive to read what it’s really like to live in a land blighted by drought. Journalist Don Duncan reflects on life in Lebanon.  Think Lent is hard?  Think again: Within a few weeks of my initial move, the hot summer season was [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: the deacon’s back

At the office this morning, Your Humble Blogger met the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal.   Read more. [Read more...]

“A group of parishioners hoisted the deacon on their shoulders…”

From Jordan comes this colorful description of a Melkite diaconate ordination, via Msgr. John Kozar of CNEWA, who is on a pastoral visit to the Middle East: We were invited by the archbishop and Abuna Boulos to concelebrate at the ordination liturgy for a subdeacon and deacon. What an honor for Father Guido and myself. [Read More...]

Remembering “a humble and prayerful giant”

That would be the late, great Cardinal John Foley, who died over the weekend after a long battle with cancer. My colleague Michael J.L LaCivita remembers the prelate who was a member of the press: For those of us in the trenches of the Catholic media, Cardinal Foley was like a godfather, a prelate with [Read More...]

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…”

Last week, my colleague at CNEWA, Fr. Guido Gockel, delivered a speech in Washington that looked at the problems of the Holy Land in a striking, thought-provoking way. A snip: When we look at the Holy Land from a political point of view, I don’t know what is happening. Recently a senator friend told me [Read More...]


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