The Pontifical Mission for Palestine is a special agency of the Holy See , founded by Pope Pius XII in June 1949  to assist Palestinian refugees . 
The Pontifical Mission became the Holy See ‘s relief and development agency for Israel , Gaza Strip , West Bank , Jordan , Iraq , Lebanon , and Syria .  It is hosted by the Catholic Near East Welfare Association , and its headquarters are located in New York City . The Mission HAS year office in Vatican City , and field offices in Beirut , Jerusalem , and Amman . 
The founding president of the Pontifical Mission was Monsignor Thomas McMahon.
On July 16, 1974, Paul VI sent a letter to the President of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine, Monsignor John G. Nolan, where he referred for the first time to the Palestinians, stating:
The work of the Mission for Palestine is one of the clearest signs of the Holy See’s concern for the welfare of the Palestinians, who are particularly dear to us because they are people of the Holy Land, because they include followers of Christ and cause have been so tragically tried.
We express our heartfelt sharing in your lives and support for their aspirations. May our paternal solicitude bring comfort and encouragement, especially to the refugees, who has been living under inhuman conditions.
Palestinians a sense of frustration and, in some cases, such anguish and desperation as to move towards violent conflict.
It seems to us, however, that this is the time for all of us to have a constructive, like-minded and responsible attitude, as the hope will become stronger than their peace-and-blessings. in the Middle East. 
As at 2006, the President of the Mission was Archimandrite Robert L. Stern , and the Vice President was Chorbishop John D. Faris .
In June 2011, Monsignor John E. Kozar was appointed by Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan , President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York , as President of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and President of the Mission . The appointment was confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI .
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- ^ Jump up to:a b Statement of HE Archbishop Renato R. Martino, November 3, 1999
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