Looking East

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An example of helping Priests in need or in trouble

December 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off

Hardly a day goes by that someone who has called the NCCL office for one purpose or other asks with sometimes non-plussed curiosity [Read more →]

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Update: no more crying in pain. Silence now. But a sign of something worse.

June 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off

Moments ago, at 3:40pm EDT, Father Eyassu Kahsay phoned with an update of his sister’s worsening condition. [Read more →]

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Cri de coeur from one suffering in Ethiopia

June 18th, 2014 · Comments Off

The communique copied below comes only moments ago from a missionary Priest in the United States, [Read more →]

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Wish to work with people who love their jobs?

June 5th, 2014 · Comments Off

WANTED: fund-raiser/development
LOCATION: work from home/remotely

The NCCL apostolate seeks [Read more →]

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Reply of the Bishop

April 18th, 2014 · Comments Off

The positive and informative reply of His Excellency, Bishop Tesfassilassie of Adigrat (Ethiopia) has [Read more →]

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“Do nothing without the bishop.” St. Ignatius of Antioch

April 1st, 2014 · Comments Off

Read below NCCL’s e-mail & letter to the Eparch of Adigrat, Ethiopia, asking him to bless and guide NCCL forward in the project to dig wells in the Irob region of his eparchy — the Eastern Catholic name for a “diocese”. [Read more →]

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A report … to make you weep in pity.

March 17th, 2014 · Comments Off

ethiopians_line_up_for_water_3-2014For the love of Christ-God and the least of his brethren, dying of thirst, will you help the poor, suffering natives of Irob county by helping to dig a well or two for them? [Read more →]

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Update: rounding up the needed partners

March 4th, 2014 · Comments Off

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Pending a report to help assess the situation in the Irob region of Tigray, Ethiopia stricken with severe drought, NCCL Directors have conferred and now intend to partner with other charities and local authorities in order to drill at least [Read more →]

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“Good God, all they need is for someone to drill a well.”

February 20th, 2014 · Comments Off

ethiopian_villagers_queue_to_take_water_from_well_in_draught_3-2014The words captioned above were uttered today in a prayer full of tears for the poor villagers of Awo in the Irob county of northwestern Ethiopia, suffering from prolonged, severe drought. [Read more →]

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A call to heaven for a sip of water

February 19th, 2014 · Comments Off

ethiopian_girl_takes_water_from_puddle_3-2014Luckily there was someone listening on a ‘party-line’ when the call was made.

The following heart-wrenching, urgent appeal was e-mailed today by a Priest-friend from the mountainous Irob region of [Read more →]

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The economy of grace, and mercy

January 9th, 2014 · Comments Off

Once again NCCL’s missionary friend, Father Abraha Baraki sends his thanks and his prayers from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, together with a report [Read more →]

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Your intentions remembered, even in far away Ethiopia

September 15th, 2013 · Comments Off

Fr. Baraki lets you know, in the following email, that he is grateful for your charity, and remembers all of his – and NCCL’s – benefactors at [Read more →]

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Cry for joy over St. Lawrence’s Tears this season

August 13th, 2013 · Comments Off

perseid_meteor_and_milky_way_in_2009Looking east after midnight this month will reveal natural marvels to those who, wisely, still follow the Orientale Lumen, The Light of the East – Christ-God.

One need only see a shooting star to recall the greatness of The Lord of Creation. [Read more →]

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Could you imitate this charity?

June 17th, 2013 · Comments Off

Be forewarned. The personal letter copied below will likely bring tears to your eyes. [Read more →]

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Time to help this Priest?

June 14th, 2013 · Comments Off

A priest who has suffered terribly for years in a war-torn region in the ‘Horn of Africa’ is in need of charity to preserve his sacred Ministry. [Read more →]

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Universality, romanity and Giulio Andreotti: the passing of a bona fide Roman

May 8th, 2013 · Comments Off

It is with sadness that we mark the passing surely of one of the most renowned Romans of our times. [Read more →]

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‘old & improved’ Spiritual Testament of His Beatitude Josyf (Slipyj), Patriarch of Kyiv-Halych and All Rus’

April 23rd, 2013 · Comments Off

In order more faithfully to convey the meaning His Beatitude gave to his testament when citing from sacred Scripture, we hereby republish Patriarch Josyf’s Spiritual Testament, this time [Read more →]

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Missionary in Ethiopia offers Masses for those who donated, and sends a special message

April 12th, 2013 · Comments Off

Christ is risen!

The Rev. Abba (Father) Abraha Baraki of the Apostolic Prefecture of Robe-Bale in southeastern Ethiopia sends a report [Read more →]

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Another record of your charity and its accomplishments

March 8th, 2013 · Comments Off

receipt_envelope_Bro_Cesare_3-8-2013 Brother Cesare Bullo, the bursar for the Salesians of St. John Bosco in Addis Ababa, has provided NCCL with [Read more →]

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Healthy, wealthy and wise-guys!

February 18th, 2013 · Comments Off

They are alive because of your charity.

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God grant her many blessed years to come!

February 8th, 2013 · Comments Off

With great joy on the occasion of her 100th birthday, we thank God for, and offer our most cordial greetings in Him to, Mama Hagosa Baraki of Irob, Ethopia.

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We ask also the charity of your prayers to God in thanksgiving for Mama Hagosa Baraki, the mother of two Priest-sons, Abbas Abraha & Tesfamariam, of ten other children (including multiple Religious daughters), and numerous grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

Those priests are among the missionaries who offer the holy Mass for the benefactors and friends of the NCCL apostolate in Operation Mission Stipends.

Mama Hagosa is also the grandmother of the young Baraki Brothers whom your charity has brought to the United States for the successful kidney transplant that spared the life of Assefa Hailu Baraki. (See other posts on this blog.) [Read more →]

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Grace is flowing from the altar of missionairies in Ethiopia – thanks to you

February 7th, 2013 · Comments Off

In an exchange between NCCL’s Executive Director and Abba Abraha Baraki, of the Apostolic Prefecture of Robe-Bale, Father Abraha gives a detailed account of the most [Read more →]

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They’re thriving, thanks be to God – and your charity

December 7th, 2012 · Comments Off

In multiple conversations by Skype since the surgery, patient Assefa & his courageous brother Robel have asked that the Executive Director please to greet in Christ and thank all the many benefactors of the NCCL apostolate for [Read more →]

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Because of you

November 7th, 2012 · Comments Off

Actually, because of Christ in you, and working through your charity, Assefa Hailu Baraki has received a second chance at life. Thanks also to the skill & compassion of the chief surgeon, Dr. Matthew Cooper, [Read more →]

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For the record: what your charity has accomplished

October 15th, 2012 · Comments Off


Brother Cesare Bullo, the bursar for the Salesians of St. John Bosco in Addis Ababa, has provided NCCL with [Read more →]

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What can one person do?

October 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

A lot, by charity. [Read more →]

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NCCL owes them for their charity

October 5th, 2012 · Comments Off

In the good name of the Salesians of Addis Ababa, Brother Cesare Bullo, S.D.B. has advanced NCCL the equivalent [Read more →]

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Unexpected visit to hospital

September 17th, 2012 · Comments Off

Assefa Baraki has developed an infection, and had to be admitted to Inova Hospital in Northern Virginia for emergency care.

Read about the incident on the Baraki Family blog.

The costs of the stay are anticipated to be great. We beg your charity to help defray them. Please give at NCCL’s homepage, http://national-coalition.org#gift.

Mark your gift, “Assefa’s care”, or “Looking East”.

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Keeping abreast of developments

September 10th, 2012 · Comments Off

Benefactors, friends & those interested are encouraged to follow developments for Assefa & Robel, as family, friends & Georgetown University Hospital prepare the Baraki-Brothers for kidney transplant surgery sometime next month.

See the Baraki Family blog for updates.

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They’re here

September 6th, 2012 · Comments Off

The Brothers-Baraki, Assefa & Robel, have landed this morning at Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport, and were whisked [Read more →]

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