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A CHRISTMAS FULL OF JOY IN A WOUNDED ASIA


28/12/2004
A Christmas of lights and contrasts
Iraqi exiles celebrate Christ's birth.

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
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.

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
Israeli Christians to visit Bethlehem this Christmas
Interim Palestinian President wants to attend Midnight Mass in Bethlehem.

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.


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."



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EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

Fady Noun

A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.


CHINA
Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison



The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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