Middle East

Msgr. John E. Kozar, having completed nine years of service as head of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, is retiring from his post and reflects on his time as CNEWA head and on what he plans to do next.
Palestinians argue with Israeli soldiers during a June 19, 2020, protest near Hebron, West Bank. (CNS photo/Mussa Qawasma, Reuters) 
"It is time to act in order to extinguish the destructive fires raging in the Holy Land.... Only a just peace will put end to hatred, to oppression and the suffering of so many."
"Yemen is desperate for peace," Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said of the world's worst humanitarian crisis in which 24 million people have no choice but to depend on international aid.
Catholic News Service June 16, 2020
With Lebanon celebrating its centenary this year, Cardinal Rai said perhaps it "is passing through the harshest stage" of its existence.
The independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission said it aims to defend the universal right to freedom of religion abroad and makes policy recommendations to the U.S. administration.
Colleen Dulle May 27, 2020
This week on "Inside the Vatican," the hosts discuss the Holy See's opposition to a U.S.-backed proposal for Israel to annex up to 30 percent of the West Bank.