Jul 23, 2006

How we can assist war relief in the Middle East

On this Sunday declared by Pope Benedict XVI to be one of prayer and penance for peace in the Middle East, here is some good news.

There is a reliable way that you and I can help relieve suffering in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East: By donating to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), which has been helping Catholics and people of all faiths and cultures in the Near East for many decades.

Myabe you are already familiar with CNEWA. Anyone who visits their Website (click on this post's title) will be inspired and edified by seeing the tremendous amount of good they do. Ole Quintero is going to make a donation for war relief, and I know you would like to, also.

By the way, I am not sure if it is made clear on CNEWA's website, but they can arrange Gregorian Masses to be said by poor priests to whom our stipends mean a great deal. (Gregorian Masses, of course, are a series said each day for 30 days by one priest for the intention of a particular deceased person -- for the release of their soul from Purgatory.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...


How about also praying for all those Israeli civilians who have been victimized by suicide bombing and, now, by Hezbollah's rockets?

11:08 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Joseph,

You do not need to worry. CNEWA, as I said, operates throughout the whole Middle East and helps people of all faiths and cultures.

Obviously, our prayers for peace in the Middle East extend to everyone affected by the conflict. Nothing I said excluded anyone from our concern.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you, Quintero. You wouldn't believe the kind of anti-Israel garbage you can find on Catholic blogs these days (and, no, I'm not referring to you). Innocent Israelis who have been maimed and murdered by terrorists attacks seem to have been conveniently forgotten by many Catholics.

6:41 PM  

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