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Page One: Headlines for 12/19/19

Pope Francis blesses a cross in memory of migrants and refugees (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis: Injustice causes migrants to die at sea (Vatican News) Two life jackets that tell their own story: The first one was given to the Pope a few years ago by a group of rescuers; The vest belonged to a girl who drowned in the Mediterranean. The second one, delivered to Pope Francis by another group of rescuers just a few days ago, belonged to a migrant who was lost at sea last July. No one knows who he was or where he came from. The Pope on Thursday told 33 refugees recently arrived from the Greek island of Lesbos through a humanitarian corridor, that he had donated the first life jacket to the two undersecretaries from the Migrants and Refugees Section, at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, telling them, “This is your mission?”

Hariri says he will not be Lebanon Prime Minister (Al Jazeera) Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri has announced he would not seek the top post again, on the eve of twice-delayed talks to name a new prime minister that were expected to lead to his selection?

Thousands held in India over Citizenship Act protests (BBC) Indian police have detained thousands who defied a ban on protests against a controversial new citizenship law. The ban has been imposed in parts of the capital Delhi, and throughout the states of Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. Mobile data services are suspended in some parts of Delhi close to protest sites. There have been days of protests across India, some violent. The new law offers citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan?

Cathedral in Iraq’s largest Christian town to be rebuilt (CNA) The Great Al-Tahira Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Qaraqosh remains charred black inside, five years after the Islamic State plundered and set it aflame; however, in 2020 the Syriac Catholic cathedral will be restored as Iraq’s largest Christian community fights to rebuild and regain what was lost. ”It is a very significant church because it was built from the donations of local people, agriculture workers,” the Rev. Georges Jahola, a parish priest told CNA?

Santa on camel delivers Christmas trees in Jerusalem (Reuters) Along the ancient walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, a man dressed as Santa Claus tries to raise holiday cheer from atop a camel by offering free Christmas trees to residents. The man behind the beard is Issa Kassissieh, a Palestinian Christian who has in recent years distributed both Christmas spirit and trees, provided by the municipality, in a city sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians alike?

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