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Middle East Notes December 20, 2012

This week’s Middle East Notes gives data and reflections on continuing Israeli settlement construction, growing recognition of Hamas in Gaza, the UN decision to give Palestine the same non-member observer status as the Vatican, and access to a short video explaining the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Christmas Day

Maggie Fogarty, a former lay missioner who lived and worked in Bolivia, writes the reflection for today's readings.

Christmas Vigil

Sr. Ann Braudis, who worked as a missioner in Bolivia and the Philippines, writes: "May Jesus be born in you tonight as surely as he was born in Bethlehem all those long years ago."