Philippines - Nine people were wounded yesterday when a bomb went off in a chapel inside a police camp in Jolo, Sulu. The explosion, apparently triggered by an improvised explosive device planted near the altar, went off in the middle of the Mass celebrating Christmas Day yesterday morning.

“The explosion occurred just a few meters away from the altar. The bomb was strong but it appeared it was not designed to inflict maximum casualty because it was not rigged with shrapnel,” said Chief Superintendent Felicisimo Khu.

Police identified the victims as Emma Tan, Antonette Quinones, Joshua Quibang, Noel Indana, Johnny Chang, Trishalan Carlos, Marian Lao, Fr. Rick Baculcol and nine-year-old Anna Marie Girasul.


Explosions in Nigeria's central region killed 32 people on Christmas Eve and six people died in attacks on two churches in the northeast of Africa's most populous nation, officials said on Saturday.

On Friday night, a series of bombs were detonated during Christmas Eve celebrations in villages near the central city of Jos, killing at least 32 people while 74 were in a critical condition, the state police commissioner said.


A suicide bomber dressed in an all-enveloping burka struck at a crowded food distribution center in Pakistan's volatile tribal region Saturday, killing at least 45 people and injuring more than 60. With as many as 1,000 people lined up in the morning chill awaiting food aid, the attacker first hurled grenades into the crowd, then detonated explosives.

From AFP:

Two rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel on Sunday following a firefight in which two militants were killed, as Hamas said it was "ready" for another war.



About 14,000 people have fled Ivory Coast to neighbouring Liberia following last month's disputed Ivorian presidential election, the UN says.



Pray for our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families:

Sean R. Cutsforth, 22
Jose A. Hernandez, 19
Conrado D. Javier Jr., 19
Jose L. Maldonado, 21
Sean A. Osterman, 21
Justin E. Schmalstieg, 28
Eric M. Torbert Jr., 25 (Lancaster, PA)

Pray also for the fallen heroes also of our coalition partners, and for the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan who have died, unnamed and unknown to us, and for those who mourn ... and for an end to this endless war.


From RUDO:

My family and I need your prayers. My dad had a stroke last week and he has since had suffered several. The doctors have advised my siblings in Zimbabwe that there is nothing else that can be done for him except keep him comfortable. This was a sudden development because prior to the strokes he was a happy old man seemingly in good health. Pray that my brother and I traveling from London to Zimbabwe will find him alive, alert and not in pain so we can enjoy being with him for one last time.


Dennis has posted this on Facebook:

"I am at Evanston northshore hospital overnight. Was at a dinner party tonight & got chest and arm pain. Had ekg. Ct scan next. Not letting me go home tonight. Not where I want to be Christmas eve."


Posted by Chelliah at CHELLIAH LAITY:

I have been in Malaysia for the last two weeks and was mugged. I was with my 11 year old daughter when it happened. Two men on a motorbike came along and snatched my handbag. I lost my holiday money, credit cards, camera with photos of relatives in Malaysia whom I hadn't seen for 12 years and my mobile phone. Fortunately, we weren't hurt but my poor daughter was hysterical with fear and sobbed for 3 hours.


THE PRAYER LIST26TH. DECEMBER 2010 — 12 Comments

  1. Prayers ascending for this world, near and far, in need.

    [Also remember the hundreds of thousands who died on this day 6 years ago, in the Great Tsunami. RIP.]

  2. Please remember also in prayer our friend Fr Tobias Haller, and his parish St James, Fordham (The Bronx), New York, as they recover from burglary. (And for the man arrested for the crimes)

  3. MP, stick forth your hand.


    Chelliah, {{{hugs}}} for your daughter. [Slightly naughtier {{{{hugs}}}} for you! ;-)] Hang in there…

  4. Thanks for the prayers. I got home the next day and am all better now (although I have a brand new hatred for hospitals).

    I am now on a restrictive heart-healthy diet for at least the next 6 weeks until I get some better blood test results.
    For now I’m not drinking coffee, not eating salt, sugar, butter or cream, and trying to exercise every day. As you can guess, it is pure misery. (But a misery that I’ll gladly take, to be honest.)

  5. goodfornowt: how well I remember dreading the question “how are you?” after my husband died. “My husband’s dead how the hell do you think I am?” I just didn’t even know how to answer that question. And yet, even remembering my dread of that question, I still ask it ready to sit and hear the confused, angry or anguished answers. I pray you have someone to hear your response.