Education can stop the Taliban in Pakistan

20/12/2012 IRAQ
President and new Patriarch: Iraqi Christians’ hopes and fears this Christmas
The community is preparing to celebrate the holiday season, with renewed hopes and old fears of violence. Auxiliary bishop of Baghdad, being prepared with people, and praying for peace. Desire for unity for the Chaldean Church. Archbishop of Kirkuk: he will promote reforms and reconciliation.
20/12/2012 NEPAL
Christmas in Nepal: for the first time there are no threats of attacks
Hundreds of people, including many non-Christians, are expected at the celebrations in the capital's cathedral. The Catholic community will also celebrate 24 new members. Crèches, Christmas trees and more will decorate church yards.
20/12/2012 HOLY LAND
As thousands of pilgrims visit Bethlehem for Christmas, the Christian exodus continues
Israel's Tourism Minister expects 75,000 visitors for Christmas. Huge crowds have been lining up at the entrance to the Church of the Nativity to visit the grotto. Muslims and Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus together. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict becomes increasingly religious, with local Christian communities caught in between.
20/12/2012 INDONESIA
Indonesian Catholics re-launch anti-corruption drive at Christmas
Priests and lay people get involved in campaigns designed to moralise public life. The Bishops' Conference provides guidelines for volunteers. We want to build a "stronger and better generation of young people," manager says. Doctor confirms widespread corruption in the public sector.
20/12/2012 CHINA
Predicting doomsday for the world and Chinese Communism lands 1,000 people in jail
In order to "save" Chinese from the fear of the Mayan Prophecy, police arrest people who are only against the party. For the sect, three days of darkness will begin tomorrow, and will include tsunami and earthquake. The authorities also arrest Tibetans who set themselves on fire or urge others to do the same.