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    Pope Francis Singles Out Iraq and Syria in Christmas Prayer for Peace
    Dec26

    Pope Francis Singles Out Iraq and Syria in Christmas Prayer for Peace

    Pope Francis used his Christmas address at the Vatican to pray for peace for those suffering through conflicts in the Middle East, Ukraine and Africa. Speaking to thousands amassed below his perch on St. Peter’s Basilica, USA Today reports, he singled out residents and refugees of Iraq and Syria “who for too long now suffer the effects of...

    Retirees starve in rebel-held eastern Ukraine
    Dec26

    Retirees starve in rebel-held eastern Ukraine

    Ukraine cut off pensions in the eastern region controlled by pro-Russian separatists. …read more Source: USA...

    Pope Francis focuses on plight of children in Christmas address
    Dec26

    Pope Francis focuses on plight of children in Christmas address

    Pope Francis on Thursday used a traditional Christmas address to emphasize the plight of children in areas of conflict, pointing out their “impotent silence” that “cries out under the spade of many Herods,” a reference to the ancient king who slaughtered all the male newborns of Bethlehem, according to the New Testament. In calling for global...

    Kyiv, Separatists Agree On Prisoner Exchange
    Dec25

    Kyiv, Separatists Agree On Prisoner Exchange

    Kyiv and pro-Russian separatists have reached an agreement on the exchange of all prisoners held by the two sides. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Photos: Celebrating Christmas with a swim, in hot and cold
    Dec25

    Photos: Celebrating Christmas with a swim, in hot and cold

    From the frigid waters of Germany and Britain, to the balmier climes in Monaco and Australia, swimmers donned their best red and white santa hats and celebrated Christmas with a dip. In London, England’s Hyde Park, swimmers took part in an annual race held in the Serpentine Lake since 1864. In South Korea and France, scuba divers dressed as...

    Conflict-hit east Ukraine struggles for festive joy
    Dec25

    Conflict-hit east Ukraine struggles for festive joy

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – The big tree with the glimmering holiday lights is up but the festive spirit is missing on Lenin Square in the heart of east Ukraine’s rebel stronghold of Donetsk.Hundreds of people huddled in the drizzle for the traditional unveiling of the tree ahead of the New Year holiday in this Orthodox Christian...

    Pope Condemns Violence, Persecution in Iraq and Syria, in Christmas Message
    Dec25

    Pope Condemns Violence, Persecution in Iraq and Syria, in Christmas Message

    Pope Francis used the traditional Christmas Day address to condemn violence and persecution around the world Thursday, and prayed for peace and fraternity to alleviate suffering. Thousands gathered in St. Peters Square at the Vatican to hear the pope give his second “Urbi et Orbi” address, or address “to the city and the world,” since being...

    World Leaders Give Christmas Day Blessings, Speak Out Against Injustices
    Dec25

    World Leaders Give Christmas Day Blessings, Speak Out Against Injustices

    After a particularly violent week leading up to the Christmas holiday, world leaders used their yearly holiday messages to heal and speak out against injustices. Bells at the Church of the Nativity summoned the faithful to Mass in the little town of Bethlehem, where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born. The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad...

    Russia: Syrian peace talks tentatively set to take place in Moscow next month
    Dec25

    Russia: Syrian peace talks tentatively set to take place in Moscow next month

    WATCH ABOVE: A large explosion was heard in the northern Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday, followed by a rising plume of smoke. MOSCOW – Peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition could be held in Moscow next month, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The talks are set to take place sometime after Jan. 20, ministry...

    Ukraine, Rebels Make Little Progress in Talks
    Dec25

    Ukraine, Rebels Make Little Progress in Talks

    Scant progress was made at the first high-level talks in months between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels, although both sides said that after hours of talks they agreed to exchange some prisoners. …read more Source: The Wall Street...