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Pilgrims Flock to Bethlehem to Celebrate Christmas

Pilgrims Flock to Bethlehem to Celebrate Christmas

The Christian faithful flocked to Palestinian-ruled Bethlehem in the West Bank on Wednesday to celebrate Christmas in the town where it all began. Thousands of pilgrims from around the world converged on the ancient Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to visit the grotto where tradition says Jesus, the Christian messiah, was born.

Peru: Human Rights Award goes to Religious Woman

Peru: Human Rights Award goes to Religious Woman

Bagua – Sister Maria del Carmen Gomez Calleja, of the Congregation of St. Joseph, received the National Award for Human Rights 2013, whereas the priest Gerald Veilleux was nominated for the Special Award given annually by the National Commission of Human Rights of Peru. The awards were presented on the occasion of the Universal Day of Human Rights, as an act of recognition for those who work in defense of fundamental rights in Peru.

Syria: Large Numbers of Assyrian Christians Flee the Civil War

Syria: Large Numbers of Assyrian Christians Flee the Civil War

The growing presence of fighters from radical Islamic groups battling the Syrian regime is increasing pressure on Syria’s ancient Assyrian Christians, many of whom are fleeing to neighboring Turkey.

Many Ukrainians turn to God as Protest Continues

Many Ukrainians turn to God as Protest Continues

Thousands continue to protest in the streets of Kiev, Ukraine. The opposition doesn’t appear to be losing its resolve to see President Viktor Yanukovych resign and to hold new elections. Over the weekend, government workers were ordered to hold counter protests just a quarter mile away from Independence Square. Those demonstrators are now gone, but the anti-government protestors remain.

Pope Francis Calls for Peace in Syria, South Sudan

Pope Francis Calls for Peace in Syria, South Sudan

Pope Francis has called for peace in South Sudan and other troubled nations around the world in his first Christmas Day address. The 77-year-old Argentine pontiff spoke to tens of thousands of people Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square, celebrating one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar.

Typhoon Haiyan: Public Interest is Fading, but some Islands Still Wait to Receive Aid

Typhoon Haiyan: Public Interest is Fading, but some Islands Still Wait to Receive Aid

“We’re still finding islands in areas that nobody has made it to. It’s just unbelievable, a month after the event. But you have to understand: this was a huge storm, a huge area. The areas that you’ve seen on the news are just small areas compared to the overall area of the Philippines that has been hit. There are five major regions affected.”

Typhoon Haiyan: Missionaries Miracle Story of Survival

Typhoon Haiyan: Missionaries Miracle Story of Survival

Suzie Miller sat on her mattress, floating on the second level of her flooding home, not knowing whether she and her husband would survive. But Suzie and her husband, Carl – who serve among the 26 IMB missionaries assigned to the Philippines – knew they were exactly where God wanted them: in their home in Tacloban during Typhoon Haiyan.

Pray for a Peaceful Solution in the Ukraine

Pray for a Peaceful Solution in the Ukraine

About a million protesters took to the streets yesterday in Ukraine, as protests continue against President Viktor Yanukovich. Last week Yanukovich refused to sign an agreement allowing free trade with the European Union, but rather signed a similar agreement with Russia.

Pakistan’s Christian Hospice to Close After 50 Years

Pakistan’s Christian Hospice to Close After 50 Years

In the crowded, winding streets of the Rawalpindi, a small Christian hospice led by Irish nuns has taken care of the destitute and disabled for 50 years. But the hospice that caters mainly to Muslim patients is now being forced to close because of falling donations and rising costs.

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