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Page One: Headlines for 1/6/20

Pope Francis leads the Angelus on the feast of the Epiphany at the Vatican. After the Angelus, the pope called for dialogue and self-control to avoid war. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope calls for dialogue as tensions mount between U.S., Iran (CNS) Pope Francis led pilgrims in prayers for peace as tensions between the United States and Iran escalated following the assassination of a top Iranian general. Several days after Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, warned of “harsh retaliation” for the 3 January U.S. drone attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, the pope said that “a terrible air of tension is felt in many parts of the world.” ”War only brings death and destruction. I call on all parties to keep alive the flame of dialogue and self-control and avoid the shadow of enmity,” the pope said after praying the Angelus prayer with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on 5 January?

Cardinal: we need to look to hope amid trials (Vatican News) As the killing of a powerful Iranian military commander marks a major escalation in tensions between the US and Iran, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Peter Turkson says that despite a sad start to the year, peace is rooted in the virtue of hope?

Many Indian states ’will not implement’ citizenship law (Al Jazeera) Political challenges for Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are mounting with a number of Indian states saying they will not implement the contentious law seen as anti-Muslim, and backing nationwide protests against it?

Prince Charles to mark Auschwitz liberation in Jerusalem (Reuters) Prince Charles will commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz 75 years ago when he visits Jerusalem later this month, his office said on Monday. He will be the most senior British royal to pay an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories?

Conservationist works to save Lebanon’s birds (The New York Times) In 2017, Axel Hirschfeld, campaign and operations manager with the Committee Against Bird Slaughter, traveled to Lebanon to conduct a survey of the problem. “What we saw in 2017 was the worst I’d seen in 18 years of work for C.A.B.S.,” he said. Hundreds of dead birds were left uncollected on the ground, and the soft breast feathers of eagles could be seen falling like snow as the birds were shot from the sky. The organization has lobbied Lebanon’s government for stricter anti-poaching laws, developed a bird book and field guide, and visited scout groups and schools?

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