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For the final Middle East analysis podcast of 2012, we have chosen to set aside, temporarily, the hard political angles and social realities of the Middle East North Africa region and instead focus on the seasons of Advent and Christmas.
In the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya, the idea of Jesus as a refugee came across strongly, as Christians and refugee churches marked Christmas.
The Archbishop of Canterbury says Christmas challenges individuals and whole societies alike not to build lives based on selfishness and fear.
A tropical storm that hit the southern Philippines eight days before Christmas has prompted seasonal church solidarity with the victims.
The head of the World Council of Churches, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has stressed peacemaking and action for justice as key fruits of the Christian gospel.
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams is speaking of the "broken bonds and abused trust" of British society in his Christmas Day sermon.
The good news of hope in 'a land of deep shadow' has been the theme of of the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster's Christmas homily.
The Hong Kong Catholic Church has adopted economic justice as its Christmas theme, and other churches are joining the occupy anti-corporate movement.
Many Christmas church services in Christchurch, New Zealand will be held outdoors after four strong earthquakes struck on 23 December
The President of the Methodist Conference has challenged people to push past their assumptions about the nativity story this Christmas.