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Over five thousand Jehovah’s Witnesses, including the communities from Gibraltar and the provinces of Malaga and Cordoba, will meet for their annual regional convention next weekend at the Palacio de Congresos in Granada. It’s a three day programme, which will be presented to over 13 million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide.

Christina Cortes asked overseer, Manolo Gatt, about the message of this convention: “Don’t Give Up”.

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