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#ShortNews: Food rations for refugees In Rwanda are reduced amid funding shortfalls

The World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) appealed today to donors to contribute funds so that a 25 percent reduction from January onwards in food or cash assistance for more than 100,000 refugees in Rwanda can be reversed as soon as possible.

Full rations for refugees provide 2,100 calories per person per day, the minimum for a healthy life. Until November 2017, WFP provided 16.95 kilograms of food to each refugee each month, mainly maize, beans, vegetable oil and salt. Other refugees received 7,600 Rwandan Francs (US$9) to buy food in local markets. However, funding shortages forced WFP to trim assistance to 90 percent in November and December. The funding situation is now so bad that from January WFP reduced the ration sizes even further – to 75 percent.

However, refugees identified as particularly vulnerable, such as children under five years of age, school children, pregnant and nursing mothers as well as people living with HIV and tuberculosis patients under treatment still receive a full ration of nutrition support from WFP.

Read More: https://reliefweb.int/report/rwanda/food-rations-refugees-rwanda-are-reduced-amidst-funding-shortfalls

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#ShortNews: 1st Christmas Mass in Mosul since 2014

IN MOSUL, Iraq’s second largest city, Christmas bells rang out again this year for the first time in four years. During the preceding years this once so familiar sound had no longer been heard. Now, thanks to the ouster of ISIS from the city, Christians were able to celebrate Christmas Mass in the church of Mar Boulus (Saint Paul) in the Al-Mundshen suburb of Mosul.

However, the joyful event almost didn’t happen. Right up until Christmas it had been nearly impossible for Christians to clean their church in Mosul. But then a group of young Muslims took the initiative, helping with the clean-up and even re-erecting the cross; in a sign of reconciliation, the Muslims also invited all Christians in the region to celebrate Christmas in Mosul.

Read More: https://www.churchinneed.org/first-christmas-mass-mosul-since-2014/

 

#ShortNews: World Watch List 2018: the 50 countries where it is most dangerous to follow Jesus

One of the main tools Open Doors uses to track and measure the extent of persecution in the world is the World Watch List (#WWL). Opendoorsusa have been monitoring the worldwide persecution of Christians since the 1970s. Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, the WWL methodology gradually evolved. In 2012, Open Doors’ research unit, World Watch Research (WWR), comprehensively revised the methodology of the WWL to provide greater credibility, transparency, objectivity and scientific quality. And in 2013 and 2016, Opendoorsusa further refined the methodology. Each year, the World Watch List is independently audited by the only institution with academics dedicated to studying the religious liberty of Christians – the International Institute of Religious Freedom (IIRF).

Here is The List: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/?display=list

#ShortNews: Grand imam condemns attacks on Coptic Christians

The Grand Imam of al-Azhar condemned recent terrorist attacks on Coptic Christians “in the strongest terms” and called upon Egypt’s Muslims to celebrate Christmas to show their solidarity with Christians.

“All Egyptian people are urged to stand firm against this evil conspiracy” and to join “their Coptic brethren in celebrating the anniversary of Christ’s birth,” said Ahmed el-Tayeb, whom some Muslims regard as the highest Sunni Muslim authority.

Read More: https://gulfnews.com/opinion/editorials/egyptians-are-united-against-terror-attacks-1.2150172

#ShortNews: VIetnam: conviction of Catholic activist confirmed

Maria Trần Thị Nga is the mother of two children of three and five years and is famous for her defence of the rights of Vietnamese migrant workers and victims of land dispossession by the government, a recurrent measure in the country. Through the social networks, the activist has repeatedly denounced liberticide policies and corruption among the leaders of the Communist Party. In May 2014 she was seriously injured by a group of thugs armed with metal tubes, leaving her with a broken leg.

Arrested January 25, 2017, Nga is found guilty of “propaganda against the state”. The sentence and trial have aroused harsh criticism. The prayers of the Vietnamese Catholics and the appeal of Human Rights Watch for her release are unheard by the government.

Read More: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Conviction-for-Catholic-activist-Maria-Tr%E1%BA%A7n-Th%E1%BB%8B-Nga-confirmed-on-appeal-42689.html

#ShortNews: Largely Catholic Asian nation elects Muslim prime minister

Although it is going through a turbulent political phase and its newborn government is in difficulty, Mari Bin Amudi Alkatiri is a Muslim Prime Minister who leads a country with a large Catholic majority.

“Despite having a religious faith different from that of the majority of the population, in a pluralist society like that of East Timor, Alkatiri has not encountered prejudices on behalf of the main political parties or leaders. His management skills, as well as his reputation for being attentive to fiscal policies, have attracted many citizens, including leaders of the Catholic Church. Bishop Basilio do Nascimento, at the head of the diocese of Baucau, for example, commented favorably on the fact that Alkatiri is the Prime Minister of the country”.

Read More : http://www.fides.org/en/news/63389-ASIA_EAST_TIMOR_A_Muslim_Prime_Minister_in_a_nation_with_a_Catholic_majority

#ShortNews: Shrinking majority of Americans believe that biblical account of birth of Jesus depicts actual events

A rising share of Americans say they do not have a preference about how they are greeted in stores during the holiday season, while a declining percentage prefer to have stores greet them with “merry Christmas.” Today, fully half of the U.S. public (52%) says that a business’ choice of holiday greeting does not matter to them, while roughly a third (32%) prefers for stores and businesses to greet customers with “merry Christmas” during the holidays. When this question was first asked over a decade ago, and then again in 2012, roughly equal shares expressed a preference for “merry Christmas” and said it didn’t matter.

When asked directly, most respondents in the new poll say they think religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less in American society today than in the past. But relatively few Americans both perceive this trend and are bothered by it.

Read More : http://www.pewforum.org/2017/12/12/americans-say-religious-aspects-of-christmas-are-declining-in-public-life/