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21 December 2014

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12/21/2014 VATICAN

Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away


Pope: At Christmas, once more, Christ comes by and knocks on the doors of our hearts, and we should not let him get away
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Francis emphasises two aspects in Mary's life, "a model to prepare for Christmas," namely her faith and her capacity to recognise God's time. "The example of Mary and that of her husband Joseph are an invitation to accept with total openness of mind Jesus, who became our brother out of love." What is more, "If you feel the desire to improve, Christ will come by and knock at your door: open it!"



12/20/2014 VATICAN

Pope: the most dangerous misery is "the presumption that we can do without God"


Pope: the most dangerous misery is
According to such blind misery, material wealth, the quest for power and pleasure, and the enslavement of others to achieve these goals, are the purpose of existence.



12/20/2014 IRAQ

Chaldean Patriarch: on Christmas, Christian refugees should not feel "abandoned" or "forgotten"

by Joseph Mahmoud
Chaldean Patriarch: on Christmas, Christian refugees should not feel
Ahead of Christmas celebrations, Mar Sako issued a message to the Christian community that fled the Islamic state. Understandably, Christians are "concerned" about the loss of homes and jobs, but they should keep the "hope for a future of "peace and coexistence" alive. His Beatitude calls on the faithful to pray to keep courage alive and expressed gratitude for the help provided so far.



12/20/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE

Gaza: Israel launches airstrike in response to rocket fired from the Gaza Strip


Gaza: Israel launches airstrike in response to rocket fired from the Gaza Strip
This morning Israel's Air Force carried out an airstrike, the first since a truce between Israel and Hamas was brokered last August. No casualties or damages have been reported. An Israeli military spokesman said that the "Hamas terror infrastructure" was hit. Hamas did not claim responsibility for yesterday's rocket.



12/20/2014 CHINA

Mongolian rights activist Hada released after 20 years


Mongolian rights activist Hada released after 20 years
Considered a prisoner of conscience by major human rights groups, he slams Chinese authorities for torturing him and for persecuting his family. He said he would "continue to fight against the oppression of the Mongolian nationality". Like Tibet and Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia has suffered for decades from the arrival of Han Chinese settlers, whose immigration is undermining local traditions and beliefs.



12/20/2014 INDONESIA

Bogor: apostolic nuncio ordains 12 priests and deacons to pray and serve the community

by Mathias Hariyadi
Bogor: apostolic nuncio ordains 12 priests and deacons to pray and serve the community
Hundreds of faithful flocked to the Holy Family Parish Church in Cibinong. Mgr Filipazzi stressed that the priesthood is a service that requires obedience and holiness. Priestly vestments should not feed "personal ambitions" but encourage to "preach the Gospel and bring God to the people."



12/20/2014 BANGLADESH

Christmas carols competition held to keep Bangladeshi kids away from drugs and alcohol

by Sumon Corraya
Christmas carols competition held to keep Bangladeshi kids away from drugs and alcohol
Organised by MAGIS Bangla, a Jesuit-run youth group, the singing competition attracted 13 groups. A girls' school took away the first prize.





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