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Caritas Jerusalem
Caritas Jordan
Caritas Cyprus
Catholic Relief Services -- CRS
Our Lady of Peace Center
Pontifical Mission for Palestine
Secretariat of Solidarity
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Society of Saint Yves

Caritas Jerusalem

            Caritas Jerusalem is a Jerusalem-based humanitarian/develop-mental organization representing the socio-pastoral services of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land.  It was founded in 1967 to respond to the humanitarian emergency that emerged in the aftermath of the Six-Day War.  Since its foundation, Caritas Jerusalem has grown and assumed increasing responsibilities, both in terms of its program-base and its operational capability.  Caritas Jerusalem is a member of Caritas Internationalis (CI).  CI is a confederation of more than 162 separate Caritas organizations operating in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Address                                 Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center
                                               P.O.B. 20894
                                               97200 Jerusalem
                                               Tel: (02) 628 75 74; 627 53 10
                                               Fax: (02) 628 84 21

            Secretary General:     Mrs. Claudette Habesch
            Board of Directors:    H.B. Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch,                                                              President
                                               Rev. Archimandrite Mtanios Haddad, Greek                                                  Melkite Catholic Patriarchal Vicar
                                               Most Rev. Kévork Khazoumian, Armenian
                                                           Catholic Patriarchal Exarch
                                               Most Rev. Paul Nabil Sayyah,
                                                           Maronite Patriarchal Exarch
                                               Most Rev. Grégoire Pierre Melki,
                                                           Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch
                                               Very Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M.,                                                                  Custos of the Holy Land
                                               Mrs. Claudette Habesch, Secretary General

            Executive Committee: Mrs. Claudette Habesch, Secretary General
                                               Rev. Sleiman Samadar
                                               Mrs. Georgette Rizek
                                               Dr. Ghassan Faramand
                                               Mr. Youssef Barakat
                                               Mr. Bahnan Nazi
                                               Mr. Stephan Zacharia
                                               Mr. André Batarseh, Treasurer
            Loans Committee:      Mrs. Claudette Habesch, Secretary General
                                               Rev. Sleiman Samandar
                                               Mrs. Georgette Rizek
                                               Mr. Joseph Meo, Secretary
                                               Mrs. Marguerite Kashou
                                               Mr. Francis Tams


Caritas Jordan

            Caritas Jordan was founded in Amman on June 15, 1968.
Address                                 Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Street
                                               Jebel Amman
                                               P.O.B. 2258
                                               11181 Amman, Jordan
                                               Tel: +962 (06) 463 90 32; Fax: 461 90 05

            Board of Directors:    H.B. Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch,                                                  Most Rev. Grégoire Pierre Melki
                                               Most Rev. Paul Nabil Sayyah
                                               Most Rev. Georges El Murr
                                               Most Rev. Selim Sayegh
                                               Most Rev. Kévork Khazoumian
            Director:                     Mr. Jamal Hattar

            Executive Committee: Mr. Yousef Abu Dayyeh, President
                                               Mr. George Najar
                                               Mr. Elias Abu Yageh
                                               Mr. Noel Arab
                                               Mr. Jubrael Shadian
            Caritas Iraq Liaison Office
            Liaison Officer:          Mr. Alvaro Pires
                                               P.O.B. 9697
                                               11191 Amman, Jordan
                                               Tel: +962 6 568 06 52; Fax: 6 568 06 54


Caritas Cyprus

Address                                 Saint Maron Center
                                               10 Karaiskashi - Acropolis
                                               172 Nicosia, Cyprus
                                               Tel: +357 (22) 42 79 66; Fax: (22) 31 49 19

            President:                   Most Rev. Boutros Gemayel
            Secretary General:     Rev. Msgr. Jean Orphanou


Catholic Relief Services -- CRS

United States Catholic Conference

            Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and disadvantaged outside the country.  It is administered by a Board of Bishops selected by the Episcopal Conference of the United States, and is staffed by men and women committed to the Catholic Church's apostolate of helping those in need.  It maintains strict standards of efficiency and accountability.  The fundamental motivating force in all activities of CRS is the Gosepl of Jesus Christ as it pertains to the alleviation of human suffering, the development of people and the fostering of charity and justice in the world.  The policies and programs of the agency reflect and express the teaching of the Catholic Church.  At the same time, Catholic Relief Services assists persons on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.  Catholic Relief Services gives active witness to the mandate of Jesus Christ to respond to human needs in the following ways:

-    By responding to victims of natural and man-made disasters.
-     By providing assistance to the poor and to alleviate their immediate needs.
-     By supporting self-help programs which involve people and communities in their own development.
-     By helping those it serves to restore and preserve their dignity and to realize their potential.
-     By collaborating with religious and non-sectarian persons and groups of good will in programs which contribute to a more equitable society.
-     By helping to educate the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities in alleviating human suffering, removing its causes, and promoting social justice.
            Main office:                Jerusalem:
                                               52 Nablus Road – Sheikh Jarrah
                                               P.O.B. 19447
                                               91193 Jerusalem
                                               Tel: (02) 582 81 49
                                               Fax: (02) 582 92 80

            Other Offices:             Beit Hanina:
                                               Tel: (02) 656 92 40
                                               Fax: (02) 656 92 43
                                               Tel: (08) 282 09 44
                                               Fax: (08) 282 09 43

                                               Tel: (02) 221 44 22
                                               Fax: (02) 221 44 48

                                               Tel: (09) 268 29 88
                                               Fax: (09) 268 29 89
                                               Tel: (02) 275 07 91
                                               Fax: (02) 275 07 92

            Board of Directors:    Most Rev. Robert N. Lynch, Chairman
                                               Mr. Kenneth Hackett, Executive Director

            International Headquarters:             
                                               209 West Fayette Street
                                               Baltimore, MD 21201-3443, U.S.A.
                                               Tel: +1 (410) 625 22 20
                                               Fax: +1 (410) 685 16 35

            Local Representative:            Mr. Donald J. Rogers


Our Lady of Peace Center

            Owned by the Latin Patriarchal Vicariate in Amman, Jordan, the Center is dedicated to serving persons with special needs and to increasing awareness to the rights, dignity, and respect due to physically and/or mentally challenged individuals.  Among other services, it provides basic medical help, vocational training, as well as educational and counseling services. 

            SERMIG (Youth Missionary Service) is responsible for the organization and running of the Center in collaboration with the Latin Vicariate

Directress:     Miss Cristiana Capitan

Address:         Our Lady of Peace Center
                        P.O.B. 851379
                        11185 Amman, Jordan
                        Tel: 962 6 429 19 90/1; Fax: 962 6 429 19 92


Pontifical Mission for Palestine

            The Pontifical Mission for Palestine was created by Pope Pius XII in April 1949 to coordinate all the Catholic aid activities in favor of the Palestinian refugees and victims after the War of 1948.

            Its services are very varied: charitable; medical (hospices, clinics, hospitals); educational and cultural, including aid to schools; help to charitable institutions for the blind, the deaf-mute, the aged; projects for human and community development; and Catholic libraries in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Amman.  In 1971, it took responsibility for the operation of the Paul VI Ephpheta Institute for the deaf-mute in Bethlehem.

            The Secretary General of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) in New York City is President of the Pontifical Mission.

            Central Headquarters:
            President:                   Rev. Msgr. Robert L. Stern
            Address:                     1011 First Avenue
                                               New York, N.Y. 10022 – 4195, USA
            Jerusalem Office:
            Regional Director:      Mr. Maher Turjman
            Address:                     New Gate
                                               P.O.B. 19642
                                               91196 Jerusalem
                                               Tel: (02) 627 21 26; Fax: (02) 627 37 77
            Amman Office:
            Director:                     Mr. Raed Bahou
            Address:                     Al Razi Street – Jebel Al-Hussein
                                               P.O.B. 6495
                                               Amman, Jordan
                                               Tel: +962 (06) 464 92 40; 464 92 83
                                               Fax: +962 (06) 464 92 82


Secretariat of Solidarity

for Catholic Schools and Institutions

            On August 12, 1977, at the request and recommendation of the members of the R.O.A.C.O. (Riunione Opere Aiuto Chiese Orientali), the Congregation for the Oriental Churches established the Secretariat for the Catholic Schools of the Holy Land under the direction of the Apostolic Delegate.

            After the creation of the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land in 1992, the Secretariat reviewed its authority:

-     It transferred to the Ordinaries all matters directly involving the pastoral care of students as well as those pertaining to school and educational policies.
-     It nevertheless remains an office dedicated to helping those Catholic schools and institutions that have recourse to its expertise.

            On September 1, 1993, the name of the organization was changed to Secretariat of Solidarity for Catholic Schools and Institutions of the Holy Land.  It depends directly on the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem and collaborates with the Apostolic Nunciatures in Israel, Jordan and Cyprus. 

Activities of the Secretariat

-     It collects annual statistics about the Catholic schools and institutions.
-     It helps Catholic schools and religious institutions, through the intermediary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, to obtain the ordinary and extraordinary funding they need to operate, in collaboration with the National Offices for Catholic Schools.
-     It supports the pastoral, educational, and charitable activities of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land.
-     It helps poor young Christians to pursue their cultural and professional education in local universities and institutions of higher education.

Address                                 P.O.B. 20717
                                               91206 Jerusalem
                                               Tel: (02) 628 51 17; 627 91 18
                                               Fax: (02) 628 51 18

         President:                   Most Rev. Pietro Sambi
                                               Apostolic Delegate and Nuncio

            Director:                     Rev. Pietro Felet, S.C.J.

            Assistant:                    Mr. Abdallah Atallah

            Secretary:                   Miss Mary Stiban


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

Conference of the Holy Sepulcher

         The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was founded to serve the poor and the sick.

Address                                 New Gate – Casa Nova Street
                                               P.O.B. 54773
                                               91191 Jerusalem
                                               Tel: (02) 626 44 32



            President:                   Mrs. Norma Awwad
            National President:    Miss Diana Emile Safieh
                                               P.O.B. 19509
                                               91194 Jerusalem
                                               Tel: (02) 626 44 47; 656 65 02

Fax: (02) 628 44 30


Society of Saint Yves

         The Society of Saint Yves is a Catholic Human and Civil Rights Center for Legal Aid, Resources and Development.

Jerusalem                              Archimandrite Abrahamas Building No. 11
                                               Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Road
                                               Old City, Jerusalem
                                               P.O.B. 1244
                                               91000 Jerusalem
                                               Tel & fax: (02) 626 46 62 / 3

Bethlehem                             Ground Floor – Zabaqly Building
                                               Old Caritas Road (behind Paradise Hotel)
                                               Tel & fax: (02) 274 76 03
                                               Postal and E-mail addresses as above

Director:                                Mr. William (Bill) Docherty


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