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Patriarch Sabbah Calls Barrier a Blow for Peace

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, DEC. 25, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Prayers for Mideast peace found little resonance of hope in Jesus’ birthplace as Bethlehem spent another Christmas encircled by the Israeli army.

Homily at Midnight Mass

“Child of Bethlehem Teaches Us to Rediscover Real Meaning of Our Existence”

44 Legionaries Ordained in Rome

ROME, DEC. 24, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Forty-four Legionaries of Christ were ordained to the priesthood during a Mass at their Center of Higher Studies in Rome.

Christmas Eve in Bethlehem Is Low-Key

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, DEC. 24, 2003 (Zenit.org).- More than a thousand people gathered in Manger Square, listening to carols and watching the Christmas Eve procession into the church that holds the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

New Chaldean Patriarch Calls Iraqis to Unity

BAGHDAD, Iraq, DEC. 22, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Emmanuel III Delly took possession of his office as Chaldean patriarch by calling all Iraqis to unity, at a time when Christians are wary of rising signs of Muslim fundamentalism.