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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:05 AM

CNEWA launches Rome event for Eastern Catholic Churches

2013-01-14 11:48:00

(Vatican Radio) Many Catholics today are surprised when they hear that their Church is made up of a myriad of ancient rites and not just the Latin one. Many of these 22 rites stem directly from the lands where Jesus lived. The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is trying to raise awareness among the faithful that the Church’s rich tapestry of eastern traditions is an historically important source of strength for the Universal Church. But, these ancient churches need our help.

That’s why the President of CNEWA, Monsignor John Kozar is co-hosting with the Pontifical Congregation for Eastern Churches a special event and pilgrimage in Rome this week. He and Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation, are hoping to introduce Italians, mostly Catholics, to the reality of the eastern rite churches.

They’re doing so with the help of the Kights of the Holy Sepulchre who have a long tradition of cooperation with the churches in the Holy Land. The Knights will be hosting a get-to-know each other event Wednesday January 16th in their Grand Hall here in Rome.

Listen to Tracey McClure's extended interview with Msgr Kozar:

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/01/14/cnewa_launches_rome_event_for_eastern_catholic_churches/en1-655473

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