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Page One: Headlines for 1/2/20

Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the baby Jesus at the start of Mass on the feast of Mary, Mother of God at the Vatican on 1 January 2020. The date also marked World Peace Day.
(photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope offers message of hope for World Peace Day (Vatican News) Pope Francis’ Message, published on 12 December, is entitled ”Peace as a journey of hope: dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion.” The Pope begins by saying that hope puts us on the path to peace, while “mistrust and fear weaken relationships and increase the risk of violence.” He urges us to be artisans of peace, open to dialogue in a spirit of reconciliation, on a journey of ecological conversion that leads to a “new way of looking at life?”

Archbishop: Christian faith stronger than ever in Iraq (Vatican News) As the Iraqi city of Mosul struggles to rebuild after the destruction wrought by the so-called Islamic State, the local Catholic Archbishop says Christians are stronger in their faith than ever before?

Photos reveal extensive damage to U.S. Embassy in Baghdad (USA TODAY) An uneasy calm enveloped the U.S. Embassy in Iraq on Thursday as new images from the scene revealed extensive damage following days of sometimes violent protests by Iranian-backed militia members and their supporters. The Pentagon said it was sending hundreds of troops to the region, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would delay a trip to Central Asia to focus on the situation in Baghdad?

Pizzaballa urges Holy Land to be a space for dialogue, encounter (Vatican News) Recognizing the reality, vocation and prophecy, prayer, charity, ecumenical dialogue and freedom of expression are some of the concrete ways in which the Church in the Holy Land can “announce dialogue and peace seriously and credibly”, without empty words. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, made the exhortation during Mass on New Year’s Day in the Holy City?

India cold wave breaks records (The New York Times) A brutal cold wave has swept northern India, blanketing streets in freezing fog, intensifying pollution, disrupting hundreds of flights and prompting school closures. India’s capital, New Delhi, experienced its coldest day in 119 years on Monday, with the maximum temperature dipping below 49 degrees Fahrenheit (9.4 Celsius), about 20 degrees below the average for December. Last week, the city broke its longest cold spell in more than two decades, with 10 consecutive days of extreme weather?

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