“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...]

Answering the call: meet a seminarian…and his wife

Here’s something we don’t encounter very often: a story about seminarians preparing to get married.  They are Greek Catholic, in Ukraine, and the story comes from the pages of the current issue of ONE magazine: In the Greek Catholic tradition, seminarians are permitted to marry prior to ordination. But some still choose a life of [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...]

Out of Egypt: a woman reporter speaks

This month, ONE has a revealing and unsettling look at what it’s like to be a Coptic woman in Egypt (hint: it ain’t easy.)   The reporter, Sarah Topol, sat down for a brief video interview, below, where she explains some of the challenges involved in being a woman journalist in that corner of the [Read More...]

Passing the torch

From the In My Backyard Desk, a little news about a change where I work, at the Catholic Near East Welfare Association: Msgr. John E. Kozar, former national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, has been appointed president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and the Pontifical Mission for Palestine. [Read More...]

A little news

A few people have wondered about the new job I alluded to in this post. Well briefly: earlier this month I decided to step away from the world of broadcasting, and  NET in Brooklyn, to return to my roots in print. I accepted an offer to become the new Executive Editor of ONE, the acclaimed [Read More...]


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