On Monday July 18, Msgr. Peter Vaccari and a delegation from the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, CNEWA, visited St. Nicholas Cathedral. After a short tour of our Cathedral, we prayed the Moleben for Peace together; we are grateful for CNEWA's unwavering support to all families suffering from the ravages of war in Ukraine.
CNEWA is an agency of the Vatican and provides funds to ensure the Eastern churches and the devoted religious and lay people — who run clinics, schools, orphanages and other sanctuaries — have enough money to do their vital work. As Catholics, “we don’t help people because they’re Christian. We help because we are.”
By doing so, CNEWA helps them to assist and protect families, the elderly and the disabled. CNEWA supports the vocations of future sisters and priests as well as funding pastoral programs that strengthen Christian communities. And they’ve been doing it all since 1926.
The war in Ukraine is not a movie, but a real-life massacre of innocents.
Ukraine’s churches are in the midst of this war, tending to the needs of all those in harm’s way, regardless of their faith. CNEWA is there with them, accompanying them in their courageous efforts as they live the Gospel. Right now, CNEWA has rushed funds to:
Sheptytsky Hospital in Lviv, which is treating the wounded
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic eparchies of Chernivtsi, Kyiv and Sokal-Zhovkva for their receiving centers for the displaced
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Patriarchal Curia for their efforts in caring for the displaced and to bolster the cybersecurity infrastructure of the church
Caritas Ukraine, the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv for the support of their centers for the displaced
“But God is working there among this tragedy. … Ukraine is uniting people of good will everywhere, and people are beginning to believe again, as Ukrainians face death with courage, defending human life.”
Metropolitan Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church