Christmas Day Declared a National Holiday in Iraq Pope Francis sent his trusted aide to Baghdad. The Iraqi administration has declared Christmas day, December 25, to be a national holiday in the country. The Cabinet has given the event nationwide recognition among all religions and not simply the Christians which were earlier the norm. The declaration came even as Christians celebrated Jesus’ birth ringed by tight security in a country torn by war and bloodshed. There is a renewed confidence for the future, and this prompted the Iraqi Cabinet to take such a step. Iraqi Government forces and their allies have won victory over the terrorist group ISIS who targeted anyone who was unwilling to follow the group’s abnormal interpretation of the Sunni strain of Islam. In its social media message, the government extended its greetings to Iraqi Christians and people following the religion all around the world, saying it wanted a peaceful and happy Christmas for everyone.
We extend our warmest wishes to Christians in Iraq and around the world for a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
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