Page One: Headlines for 1/3/20

Demonstrators on 3 January attend a protest in Tehran, Iran, against the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone airstrike at Baghdad International Airport earlier that day. (photo: CNS/Nazanin Tabatabaee, West Asia News Agency via Reuters)

U.S. strike kills in Iraq kills Iranian commander; Iran’s leader calls for vengeance (The New York Times) United States officials were braced for potential Iranian retaliatory attacks, possibly including cyberattacks and terrorism, on American interests and allies?

Iraqis have anxiety after drone kills Iranian general (CNS) Iraqis fear their country, already weary from years of war, may be dragged into a conflict between the United States and Iran, following the U.S.-targeted killing in Baghdad of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani. ”We prayed during the days of Christmas for peace on earth, and the timing of this revenge from America creates in us a big anxiety about what will happen,” Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Yousif Thomas Mirkis of Kirkuk, Iraq, told Catholic News Service by phone?

Vatican releases message for World Day of the Sick (Vatican News) Pope Francis is urging the human warmth and personalized approach of Christ, the Good Samaritan, in healthcare professionals, workers and volunteers. He makes the call in his message for the 28th World Day of the Sick, which the Vatican released on Friday?

As India’s violence gets worse, police are accused of abusing Muslims (The New York Times) Many Indians fear that the new citizenship law, which is seen as a huge political victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist base, is blatantly discriminatory toward Muslims and threatens the very foundation of India as a secular and tolerant nation…

World Council of Churches calls for end to violence (Vatican News) The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Olav Fykse Tveit, has condemned the ”violent attacks on innocent human beings in the name of any religion,” saying they “cannot be accepted, and should not be accepted by any religion?”

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