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Page One: Headlines for 12/20/19

Pope Francis and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres share gifts during a private audience at the Vatican on 20 December 2019. (photo: CNS/Filippo Monteforte, pool via Reuters)

Pope urges world not to be indifferent to humanity’s woes (Vatican News) Pope Francis is calling on the world not to close its eyes or look the other way in the face of the many woes, pain and wounds afflicting mankind but to unite and work to build a peaceful world, saying ”what really counts in life is love.” The Pope issued the message at the end of his meeting with the UN Secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, in the Vatican?

Lebanon turns to professor to be prime minister (The New York Times) Lebanon’s president appointed a little-known professor and former education minister to form a new government as prime minister on Thursday in the midst of street protests and a financial crisis that have left the country reeling. The appointee, Hassan Diab, vowed to swiftly form a new government to “focus on stopping the collapse and restoring confidence”?

India extends controls after day of deadly violence (CNN) Protesters in India have vowed more civil action against a new citizenship law, even as the Indian government extends sweeping controls on protests and imposes internet shutdowns following deadly country-wide demonstrations?

The Franciscan who stayed in Syria (Vatican News) The Rev. Firas Lufti is a Franciscan working in the Holy Land. He is Minister of the Region of St. Paul, which includes Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. In this story, he describes nine years of violence, destruction and death during the war in Syria: how he stayed there with his people, and how today he helps children rediscover their smiles?

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