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Volume 45, Number 3
13 December 2018
Greg Kandra

The video above shows the trailer for the acclaimed documentary "Mother Fortress," which illustrates the courage of religious working in Syria. (video: YouTube)

Documentary reveals courage of religious in Syria (Vatican News) The Vatican Film Library presents a documentary, directed by Maria Luisa Forenza and entitled “Mother Fortress”, at the Tertio Millennio Film Fest taking place in Rome. ”It’s not a film about Syria’s war but about the human condition in times of war.” That’s how Director Maria Luisa Forenza presents her latest documentary “Mother Fortress.” The Vatican Film Library — in conjunction with the Dicastery for Communication (Vatican News’ parent organization), the Pontifical Council for Culture, and the Office for Social Communications of the Italian Bishops’ Conference — showcased the documentary at the 22nd edition of the Tertio Millennio Film Fest held in Rome…

UAE Christians ‘enthusiastic’ about pope visit (Vatican News) Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, said in an interview with Vatican News that Christians in the UAE have “greeted the decision” of the Pope’s visit “with enthusiasm.” It is a “great joy” for him too, although it will also be a “logistical challenge…”

Police officers in Jerusalem stabbed in suspected terrorist attack (Haaretz) Two Israeli police officers are wounded after a Palestinian approached and stabbed them in a suspected terror attack in the Old City of Jerusalem early Thursday morning...

Syrian refugees face life-changing choice (The Daily Star) As the bus pulled out of a Beirut car park heading for Damascus, Ahmed Sheikh waved from the window, excited, he said, to be returning home to Syria after years as a refugee in Lebanon. Sheikh and his two sons are part of a steady trickle of refugees going back as the Syrian government tightens its grip on areas it controls and the prospect of new fighting recedes. But not everyone wants to go home just yet. While Beirut says 90,000 Syrians have returned this year, more than a million remain in Lebanon, including many who fear reprisals or army conscription, or whose homes were destroyed in the war…

India’s pro-Hindu party fails in polls ( India’s pro Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party, which currently rules nationally, suffered a massive defeat when it failed to secure power in any of the five states where election results were declared on 11 December. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP was unseated in the three major states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It also failed to make gains in northeastern Mizoram and southern Telangana states where two regional parties prevailed…

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