Pope Francis to Give Christmas Blessing
Pope Francis is set to deliver his second annual Christmas blessing to thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square and many more watching from around the world.
The pope led a solemn Christmas Eve Mass Wednesday night at St. Peter's Basilica where he called on the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics to remember that God's message of peace "is stronger than darkness and corruption."
Before the service, Pope Francis spoke by telephone with Christian refugees in northern Iraq who fled from Islamic State militants. He told them: "You are like Jesus on Christmas night. There was no room for him either, and he had to flee to Egypt later to save himself."
US, Malaysian Leaders Enjoy Round of Golf
U.S. President Barack Obama played golf Wednesday with a new and distinguished playing partner - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Both Mr. Obama and Mr. Najib are vacationing in the U.S. Pacific state of Hawaii, the U.S. president's birthplace.
The two leaders played a round of Christmas Eve golf at the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe Bay along with two of Mr. Obama's aides.
The White House released a statement saying the duo "took the opportunity to discuss the growing and warming relationship between the United States and Malaysia," and that the president looked forward to working with Mr. Najib next year, when Malaysia takes over the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
President Obama visited Malaysia earlier this year, the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country in nearly 50 years.