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Page One: Headlines for 1/9/20

Pope Francis speaks with Iran’s ambassador to the Holy See, Seyed Taha Hashemi, during an audience for the traditional exchange of new year’s greetings in the Sala Regia at the Vatican 9 January 2020. (photo: CNS/Remo Casilli, Reuters pool)

Amid threat of war, world must not give up hope, pope tells diplomats (CNS) Hope is the virtue needed to approach the coming year, especially when the looming threat of war surrounds a humanity scarred by violence, Pope Francis said. During his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, the pope said that with heightened tensions and acts of violence on the rise, the “new year does not seem to be marked by encouraging signs.” Nevertheless, acknowledging the challenges confronting the world today and courageously finding ways to resolve them open a path to hope, he said in his speech on 9 January?

Iran vows ‘harsher revenge’ for drone attack (The New York Times) A day after President Trump backed away from further military conflict with Iran, a commander of the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps declared that Iran would soon take “harsher revenge” on the United States for a drone strike last week that killed a top Iranian general?

Power outages plunge Lebanon into darkness (GulfNews.com) Lebanon has been experiencing lengthy power cuts up to a whopping 20 hours a day and authorities say they could last up until Saturday. Major cities plunged into complete darkness as residents say the outages were worse than those experienced during Lebanon’s Civil War. Gulf News obtained a copy of the Ministry’s media statement that said power cuts have been lengthened mainly due to lack of required funds to pay for fuel that was supposed to be offloaded from vessels berthed outside power stations?

India Catholics aim to build 100-foot Jesus statue (CNA) Catholics in India are seeking to erect the nation’s tallest statue of Jesus, over objections by Hindi groups who say one of their gods lives on the hill designated for the project. Work began last week on the statue, planned to be nearly 100 feet tall, on 10 acres of land owned by the Archdiocese of Bangalore. If completed, the statue would be almost as tall as Poland’s 108-foot Christ the King statue, completed in 2010. Poland’s statue is believed to be the tallest statue of Jesus in the world?

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