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Christmas celebrated across the Kurdistan Region and Iraq

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On Christmas Eve, Christians, Muslims, Yazidis and Zoroastrians celebrated Christmas in churches across the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. For Christians in Mosul, it was the first time they were able to celebrate the holiday in their city in four years, after it was taken over by ISIS in 2014 and liberated earlier this year.…

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How Christmas changed the world

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Ryan Bundy, center, stands outside of a federal courthouse Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Las Vegas. Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case against Cliven Bundy, his sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy and self-styled Montana militia leader Ryan Payne. (AP Photo/John Locher)…

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Christmas Returns to Mosul After Islamic State Defeat

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Christmas carols have been sung in Mosul’s Saint Paul cathedral for the first time since the Iraqi city was overrun by Islamic State militants. “The last Christmas mass here was in 2013”. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako called on other Christians to return to Mosul…

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Pope pleads for migrants at Christmas mass

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AFP | VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis in his Christmas eve mass Sunday urged the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics not to ignore the plight of migrants who are “driven from their land” because of leaders willing to shed “innocent blood.” “So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary,” the…

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Christians from Iraq finally celebrate holiday in America

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First Christmas Milad, left, and Lina Homo watch their daughters, Melva and Angelina, open their Christmas gifts. The family celebrated their first Christmas in the United States on Dec. 25, 2017, after coming from Iraq in May. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune) Michael HawthorneContact ReporterChicago Tribune…

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2017 To our brothers, Archbishops and Bishops, Fathers of our Holy Synod of Antioch, To the Priests, Deacons, religious consecrated men and women, To all the faithful people in Lebanon, In the Middle East and the Church of Extension

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“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14) In this wonderful feast of our Lord’s Nativity, I am so glad to extend to you all my heartfelt salutations with my prayerful wishes that you may live a holy and peaceful Christmas Season, throughout the New Year 2018 and well beyond.…

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Christmas trees in Aleppo?

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Syrians gather around a Christmas tree in Aleppo’s government-controlled Aziziyah neighborhood on Dec. 31, 2016. The Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which led to the United States being scolded by 128 countries at the UN General…

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Mosul Christians Celebrate Christmas Eve at Home for First Time in Three Years Storyful•24 December 2017 Iraqi Christians gathered in Saint Paul’s Cathedral in eastern Mosul on December 24 for Christmas Eve celebrations, marking the community’s first Christmas at home in the three years since the city had been overrun by the Islamic State. Similar celebrations were held in nearby historic Christian communities in the Hamdania District, most notably the Immaculate Church in nearby Qaraqosh. Credit: YouTube/Al-Mawsleya via Storyful

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Iraqi Christians gathered in Saint Paul’s Cathedral in eastern Mosul on December 24 for Christmas Eve celebrations, marking the community’s first Christmas at home in the three years since the city had been overrun by the Islamic State. Similar celebrations were held in nearby historic Christian communities in the Hamdania…

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Jordan brings spirit of Christmas to Syrian refugees

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Daoud Kuttab | AMMAN: Christian refugees from the conflict in Syria may feel that the Christmas spirit is in short supply this year, but Jordanians have gone out of their way to ensure that it is alive and well. “We host events from dinners, to food distribution, to Santa Claus gift giving for…

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Christmas Returns to Northern Iraq

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By Gilgamesh Nabeel and Jacob Christmas overlooking Prophet Jonah’s Hill in East Mosul, Iraq. (Photo: Martin Banni) In Mosul, the holiday is back for the first time since 2014 [EAST MOSUL, IRAQ] Just one year ago Mosul was the seat of the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate in Iraq.…

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Turkey’s Syriac Christian sect fears for its survival

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Louise Callaghan, Midyat A Syriac priest celebrates mass at a church in Midyat The air was rich with incense, and the chanting swelled as black-robed monks filed into the fourth century Mor Gabriel church, crossing themselves. A group of boys stood…

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Nineveh Christians celebrate first Christmas home after ISIL

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Residents of Qaraqosh take comfort from celebrations as they struggle to rebuild lives in Iraqi town held by extremists for three years Louis Khno with his granddaughters Alina, left, and Angelina at his home in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on December 20, 2017. Campbell MacDiarmid…

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