Pope says Christmas ‘hostage’ to materialism, God in shadows

Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus during the Christmas night Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Saturday that Christmas had been “taken hostage” by dazzling materialism that puts God in the shadows and blinds many to the needs…

TURKEY ARRESTS 1,656 SOCIAL MEDIA USERS SINCE SUMMER

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities have formally arrested 1,656 people in the past six months for allegedly supporting terrorist organizations or insulting officials on social media, and are investigating at least 10,000 others, the Interior Ministry said Saturday. In a statement it said legal action had been taken against 3,710…

Obama’s USDA Just Played Chicken With the Trump Transition Team

Brand new rules protect poultry farmers from corporate power. But will the Trump team enforce them? andersboman/iStock In its waning days, President Barack Obama’s US Department of Agriculture injected an extra dose of drama into President-elect Donald Trump’s chaotic transition of the ag department this week. Trump’s agricultural advisory committee has been pushing back hard…

The Deep Significance of the Birth of Jesus Christ

Have you ever stopped to think about the deeper meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ? Although many people, even unbelievers, have heard the story of Jesus’ birth, its real significance may be missed because of that familiarity with the “story” aspect. The birth of Jesus Christ—a momentous event The birth of Christ was not…

Ban Ki-moon says UN has ‘disproportionate’ focus on Israel

‘Decades of political maneuvering have created a disproportionate number of resolutions, reports and committees against Israel,’ says Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-moon said the UN’s ‘disproportionate’ volume of resolutions against Israel has ‘foiled the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively’ AFP/Getty United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the organisation has a “disproportionate”…

Turkish police detain six after Russian ambassador shot dead

Karlov’s remains were sent back to Moscow from Turkey after a ceremony at the airport in Ankara The flag-wrapped coffin of ambassador Andrei Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara Reuters Turkish police have detained six people over the killing of Russia’s ambassador Andrey Karlov, security sources have said,…

Viola Desmond, Canadian who fought segregation, to appear on $10 note

Businesswoman will be the first woman prominently displayed on Canadian banknote in latest move by prime minister to promote gender equality Canada’s finance minister Bill Morneau stands with Wanda Robson after her sister Viola Desmond was chosen to be featured on a new $10 bank note. Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters Viola Desmond, a black businesswoman who…