In pictures: Millions across world celebrate Christmas

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  Services held around the world to mark the birth of Jesus. A Syriac Orthodox priest is assisted by deacons as he reads from the holy liturgy as he leads Christmas morning mass at the Syriac Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in Qamishli in northeastern Syria on December 25, 2018.…

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Pope urges ‘fraternity’ in Christmas message

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By Afp Pope Francis appealled for peace in conflict zones such as Syria and Yemen Pope Francis called for peace and “fraternity” and Queen Elizabeth II warned against “tribalism”, as millions across the world celebrated Christmas on Tuesday — after US President Donald Trump caused a festive furore by raising doubts about Santa Claus’s…

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Christmas without Christians in IS-liberated Mosul

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Saad Salloum Father John Botros Moshi — the Syriac Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk and the Kurdistan Region — stands among the rubble of the Tahra Church in Mosul, Iraq, April 29, 2018. MOSUL, Iraq — Christmas remains a sad affair in Mosul, a city that once hosted a lively…

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Midnight Mass in Beirut

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CNA’s Hannah Brockhaus at Midnight Mass in the Cathedral of St. George in Beirut. Credit: CNA By Hannah Brockhaus Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 25, 2018 / 08:00 am (CNA).- On the evening before Christmas, the city of Beirut was decked with lights and trees and nativity scenes. A festive glow covered everything as people made their…

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Iraqi Christians Celebrate Christmas One Year After Islamic State Defeat

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Reuters A priest plays with a child after a mass on Christmas at St George Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad, Iraq December 25, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani Iraqi Christians quietly celebrated Christmas on Tuesday amid improved security, more than a year after the country declared victory over Islamic State militants who…

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Iraqi Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas in areas liberated from ISIS

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Iraqi Christians are able to celebrate openly once again, as many poured in to pray at St. Joseph’s Chaldean Catholic Church. (File photo: AP) Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Iraqi Christians are preparing to celebrate their first Christmas together in areas liberated from ISIS, amid high security after calm has been restored following years of…

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Target aid to Christians, say Middle East leaders

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by Abigail Frymann Rouch German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (right) and Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Thimotheus Alshamany visit the Mar Mattai monastery near Mosul, Iraq, last week A DELEGATION of senior Middle Eastern clergy are pleading with British government…

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Iraqi Cardinal: The birth of Christ, the birth of a new humanity

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Mar Sako: in Jesus the example of humanity to be followed. Christians can make an essential contribution to the rebirth of the country. BAGHDAD: The period of Advent that prepares for the coming of Christ is an occasion of “rebirth of huamnity”, According to which man becomes human, not a “predatory…

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Iraqi Christians will celebrate Christmas

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Geoffrey P. Johnston Geoffrey P. Johnston Iraqi Christians attend a mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in the predominantly Christian Iraqi town of Qaraqosh (also known as Hamdaniya), some 30 kilometres from Mosul in July 2017. (Afin Hamed/Getty Images) Despite having endured years of violent persecution and terrible hardships, many Iraqi…

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