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ROME---Pope Francis is encouraging
people to be joyful, saying, "We ve
never heard of a sad saint."
Some 50,000 people flocked to St
Peter s Square for the pope s traditional
Sunday noontime window appearance.
Among them were many children
clutching figurines of baby Jesus for
Francis to bless for Christmas crèche
scenes at home or school.
Francis said: "Man s heart desires joy.
Every family, every people, aspires to
He said being "missionaries of joy"
should be part of lifestyles to help peo-
ple through difficulties. Holding up a
pocket-sized prayer book, he urged the
crowd to take free copies being distrib-
uted in the square.
To symbolise joy in anticipation of
Christmas, priests worldwide donned
rose-colored vestments, just as the
pope did Sunday evening for a Mass he
celebrated at a parish in a working-
class neighborhood on Rome s out-
During his homily, Francis said that
yesterday was known as the "Sunday
of joy" in the Catholic church.
"Many people in the rush toward
Christmas fret about all they still
haven t done for holiday preparations,"
he said. But, Francis said: "Think of all
the good things life has given you.
"It hurts to see Christians with a bit-
ter face, restless with bitterness be-
cause they are not at peace," he said.
"Saints have the face of joy."
Greeting Francis when he arrived at
church was a handmade sign pro-
claiming in Italian, "Happy Birthday,
Holiness" in brightly coloured letters.
Francis turns 78 on Wednesday. The
pope told the parents of 60 infants who
were baptised in the parish during 2014
that his own baptism took place on
Christmas Day in 1936. (AP)
LONDON---The producers of
James Bond films have acknowl-
edged that an early version of the
screenplay for the new movie
"SPECTRE" was among the mate-
rial stolen in the massive cyberat-
tack on Sony Pictures Entertain-
The producers said in a statement
yesterday that they were concerned
that third parties who received the
screenplay might seek to publish
it---and warned the material is sub-
ject to copyright protection around
The producers promised to "take
all necessary steps to protect their
rights against the persons who stole
the screenplay and against anyone
who makes infringing uses of it or
attempts to take commercial advan-
tage of confidential property it
knows to be stolen."
The warning was issued by EON
productions, the UK affiliate of Dan-
jaq LLC, the US-based company
that co-owns, with Metro-Gold-
wyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright
to the Bond films and their mer-
There s been speculation that
North Korea is behind the cyberat-
tack in retaliation for the upcoming
comedy "The Interview." That film
depicts an assassination attempt on
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea has condemned the
film but denied the hack.
The revelation is just the latest
among the spectacular leaks that
are causing continuing embarrass-
ment for Sony.
Highly sensitive material is being
leaked almost daily, including an
exchange between Oscar-winning
producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pic-
tures Entertainment co-chairman,
Amy Pascal. Rudin called Angelina
Jolie a "spoiled brat" and made
racially offensive jokes about Pres-
ident Barack Obama s presumed
taste in movies.
Rudin and Pascal have apologised.
The next 007 adventure,---called
"SPECTRE," after the dastardly fic-
tional terrorist organisation featured
in "Dr No"---is so hotly anticipated
that even the revelation of its title
was a media event. It will be Daniel
Craig s fourth film as Bond. (AP)
GAZA CITY---The Islamic mili-
tant group Hamas displayed
rockets and other heavy weapons
yesterday during a rally marking
the 27th anniversary of its found-
Several thousand people attend-
ed the show of force in Gaza City,
a lower turnout than in previous
Hamas anniversary rallies.
The group s leaders watched
from a stage, including former
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail
Haniyeh, who brandished an
assault rifle and flashed a V-for-
Yesterday s march came three-
and-a-half months after the end
of a 50-day war between Israel
It was the third and bloodiest
round of fighting between Hamas
and Israel since late 2008, with
some 2,200 people killed on the
Palestinian side and 72 on the
Despite claims of victory by
both Israel and Hamas, the fight-
ing failed to resolve underlying
conflicts that contributed to the
Israel says it launched the oper-
ation in response to nonstop
Hamas rocket fire. Hamas said it
was fighting to lift an Israeli-
Egyptian border blockade first
imposed on Gaza after Hamas vio-
lently seized the territory from
forces loyal to the Western-backed
Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas in 2007.
With yesterday s weapons dis-
play, Hamas appeared to be send-
ing a message to both Israel and
the residents of Gaza that another
round of fighting is an option.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Min-
ister Benjamin Netanyahu was
gearing up for a diplomatic battle
against Abbas, who is seeking UN
Security Council resolutions
regarding Israel s borders and its
treatment of Palestinians.
A resolution backed by Abbas
would set November 2016 as the
deadline for ending Israeli occu-
pation of lands sought for a Pales-
Netanyahu is meeting with US
Secretary of State John Kerry in
Rome today to discuss the reso-
The Israeli leader alleged yes-
terday that the resolution "will
lead Islamic extremists to the out-
skirts of Tel Aviv and the heart of
Jerusalem." He was apparently
referring to fears that Hamas
would take control of any future
Kerry hopes to avert a possible
Security Council clash over the
Pope: Enough gloom, try joy this Chrismas
Palestinian Hamas masked gunmen march to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Hamas militant group in
Gaza City, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Hamas stages military
rally to mark anniversary
Bond producers say screenplay stolen in Sony hack
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