A CHRISTMAS FULL OF JOY IN A WOUNDED ASIA

28/12/2004
Christmas, a holiday that brings Christians and Muslims closer together
28/12/2004
A Christmas of lights and contrasts
Iraqi exiles celebrate Christ's birth.
25/12/2004
The bread of life was born tonight, says the Pope
25/12/2004
Let violence end, everywhere peace is needed, says the Pope
24/12/2004
Jesus back in Christmas carols
Malaysia's Culture Minister denies banning carols with references to Jesus; instead, he invites "everyone" to be part of the festivities.
24/12/2004
Yes, to peace and justice; no to death penalty, says Colombo bishop
24/12/2004
Christmas fosters hope burdened by politicians' 'decadence', says Bishop Zen
Bishop calls on parents to spend more time with children. "Being with them," he says, "is the most precious gift you can offer."
23/12/2004
Christmas in Tashkent after the wounds of Soviet atheism
The country's few Christians celebrate the birth of Christ whilst the majority of the population knows little of its meaning.
23/12/2004
Christmas in the orphanage or how the joy of the season meets hope for the future
Sreete and another 140 girls will celebrate Christmas in an orphanage surrounded by the affection and love of nuns who care for them every day. In many, a vocation for the religious life is born.
23/12/2004
Christmas, peace in the Holy Land, peace on earth
For the Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem, the birth of Christ and the faith of Christians and pilgrims are a source of optimism and peace. Tentative steps towards dialogue between Israel and Palestine and the attention of the world and the Church are signs of hope.
22/12/2004
The essence of Christmas is God made flesh, says Archbishop Cruz
In his Christmas message, the Archbishop tells the faithful to remember God's act of love, his becoming man, and urges the population to be less passive and work instead to build a better country.
22/12/2004
Buddhists and other non Christians will attend Christmas mass
21/12/2004
Days that seem to announce peace, says Patriarch Michael Sabbah
21/12/2004
Christmas in an Islamic country: festivities, traditions and solidarity
Exams are held earlier in Christian schools to prepare Nativity plays; streets and homes are decorated; Caritas offers dinner to 300 kids in juvenile prison.
21/12/2004
Gujarat Christians want a Christmas without violence
Hindu fundamentalists organise festivals to disrupt Christmas celebrations.
21/12/2004
Pre-dawn mass to celebrate the coming of Christ
Novena mass at 4 am as people in the country and cities gather to thank 'Christ the Light' who overcomes darkness.
20/12/2004
Catholic church set on fire near Colombo

Buddhist extremists are suspected. "They might destroy the building, but not our faith", said the parish priest. Faithful will still celebrate Christmas in nearby grotto.

20/12/2004
We shall celebrate Christmas even amidst all the violence, Chaldean Patriarch says

Church leaders are united to honour victims and oppose terrorism. They express solidarity with the Shiite community in Karbala and Najaf hit by deadly violence yesterday.

19/12/2004
May the Christmas tree teach us to give ourselves, says the Pope

Pontiff lovingly greets 32 children who survived the Beslan school massacre.

18/12/2004
Uncertainty on Christmas Eve for the peoples and governments of Israel and Palestine
The Palestinian elections, the withdrawal of Barghouti's candidacy and the crisis of the Sharon government have increased the sense of impotence and insecurity in the two peoples. Our correspondent in Jerusalem gives an overview of the situation in the Holy Land on the eve of Christmas.
17/12/2004
Christmas concert by Thai prisoners' band
Concert will be registered with Guinness Book of World Records. Music becomes 'healing therapy for inmates.
17/12/2004
Christmas trees in a Buddhist temple to honour Jesus' birth
17/12/2004
Israeli Christians to visit Bethlehem this Christmas
Interim Palestinian President wants to attend Midnight Mass in Bethlehem.
16/12/2004
Indonesia orders security clamp down after terror warning
16/12/2004
No more tickets to pay for midnight mass
14/12/2004
Christmas without Jesus in Malaysia
14/12/2004
Somber Christmas in Bethlehem after Arafat's death
13/12/2004
Tight security ahead of Christmas season
13/12/2004
Christmas Midnight Mass for a fee at the Beijing Cathedral

Catholics appalled by the decision taken by the Patriotic Association and Bishop Fu Tieshan, who are currently engaged in reforming the diocese's administration.  A 50 yuan entry fee is also a way to stem the interest of young people in Christianity.

12/12/2004
The crèche is a sign of culture and faith, Pope says
09/12/2004
Bearing witness to Christ at the peril of one's life, says Father Ragheed in Mosul
The priest who saw the attack against the Bishop's Palace says that the building "has collapsed except for one wall and hanging on that wall is a photo of the Pope."
07/12/2004
Palestinian Christians fear their country might become an Islamic state
30/11/2004
Between old fears and new hopes, celebrating Advent in Bethlehem


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