At christmas, christian faith leaders pray for peace in troubled world – zimbabwe star

Speaking from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica, Francis spoke of those suffering through the Syrian war, especially in the ‘most awful battles’ in Aleppo, and urged the international community to find a negotiated solution to the conflict.

Addressing tens of thousands who had gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for his annual ‘Urbi et Orbi’ (To the City and the World) address, Francis said that terrorism is sowing ‘fear and death’ in cities and countries around the world.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the Church of England and the global communion of 85 million Anglican Christians, sounded a similar note in addressing the anxiety many are feeling around the world.


In a statement prepared for delivery in London later Sunday, he said, ‘The end of 2016 finds us all in a different kind of world; one less predictable and certain, which feels more awash with fear and division.’

Security forces were deployed near churches and cathedrals across Europe, on high alert amid warnings that Islamist terrorists might be planning attacks on Christians as they mark their religion’s most popular festival.

Elsewhere, Christians carried out traditional rituals marking the day on which they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, whom they worship as the son of God.

In the West Bank city of Bethlehem, pews were packed at the Church of the Nativity, built on the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born. All inclusive trips to hawaii for 2 The acting Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa led the service. Hawaii getaways all inclusive Thousands of pilgrims and tourists trek to the church each year to celebrate Christmas.

Once home to thousands of Assyrian Christians, Bartella fell to Islamic State (IS) militants in August 2014, but was recently recaptured. Hawaii cheap deals Worshippers were bused to the town Christmas Eve from the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil, where they have been living.

As bells pealed before the service, women joyously ululated when they stepped into the church. Hawaii island packages Almost everyone held a lit candle during the service, which was conducted in Aramaic and Arabic.

In Pakistan, more than 1,000 congregants attended midnight Mass at St. Vacation to hawaii price Patrick’s Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Karachi. Hawaiian holiday specials Father Mario Rodrigues emphasized that Christmas is a time to strive for peace around the world.

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As she has in past years, Mrs. Vacation to hawaii for two Obama took phone calls Saturday from American children expecting gifts from Santa Claus, whom children believe leaves the North Pole every Christmas Eve to deliver presents around the world in a flying sleigh pulled by reindeer.

The calls are coordinated by the U.S. Hawaii tourism military’s North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, which every Christmas shifts from its normal job of watching the northern skies for incoming nuclear missiles to delivering reports on Santa’s journey from the Pole.

President Obama, for his part, spent Christmas eve with Sasha and Malia visiting attractions near Waikiki Beach and dining with friends in Honolulu.

President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, attended midnight services at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, an Episcopal church in Palm Beach, Florida, where they were married in 2005.

Zimbabwe have only twice played bilateral series against Ireland, in 2010-11 and 2015-16; they have never played an ODI against Scotland, with their only competitive meeting coming at the 2016 World T20. Best hawaii vacation packages But Taibu said the new Zimbabwe set-up would be taking a different view.

“I don’t know why they were not playing before but when I started getting involved, we thought playing some cricket is better than no cricket and we should play whoever is available,” Taibu said. Hawaii vacation packages cheap “If that was the case, I don’t know why that would be the decision but, for me, playing is way better than not.”

One aspect of Zimbabwe’s slim fixture list has been a lack of finances. Hawaii hotel package deals At the domestic level, that has led to players going on strike during the first-class Logan Cup, the start of which was postponed last month, along with the 40-over Zimbabwe Premier League, due to “logistical challenges”.

The second round of Logan Cup matches, due to have begun on Thursday, has also been put back after some players only received part-payment for December and some were not paid at all. Honeymoon hawaii The competition is expected to re-start on January 17.

Six months after returning to work with Zimbabwe Cricket, Taibu has been steadily getting to grips with his role – he is currently the board’s only selector, oversees player development and is planning to set up an academy in England, where he is based – and he suggested that some of the problems were as much to do with improving the levels of administration and communication as down to funding.