Christians in Mosul, Iraq, shed tears of joy as they gathered at a church for the first time in four years to celebrate Christmas after they were delivered from the jihadist rule of the Islamic State.
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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. Continue reading
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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 Continue reading
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MOSUL, Iraq: Hymns and cries of joy filled a church in Iraq’s second city Mosul on Sunday as worshippers celebrated Christmas there for the first time in four years after the end of jihadist rule. Continue reading
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.”
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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)
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TELESKOF, Iraq: Inside the newly renovated Church of Saint George in the Northern Iraqi town of Teleskof, Hayat Chamoun Daoud led children dressed as Santa Claus singing “Jingle Bells” in Aramaic.
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Syrians gather around a Christmas tree in Aleppo’s government-controlled Aziziyah neighborhood on Dec. 31, 2016.
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Iraqi boys visit the burned out main church as others attend the first Palm Sunday procession in the Christian city of Qaraqosh since Iraqi forces retook it from Islamic State militants, Iraq, April 9, 2017. Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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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.
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Christians who have called northern Iraq their homeland since the first century are recovering from ISIS’ carnage only to face an emerging threat that they fear could be just as challenging: the growing influence from Iran.
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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. Continue reading
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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 Continue reading
Giovial Maslob, teacher, speaks of the years of exile and the return home and to his place of birth.
KARAMLES: “This Christmas represents a new beginning for us. Of course, places and people can change, but the true and deep meaning of the celebration remains the Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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A Christian woman displaced from Tel Kayf in Nineveh province decorated a Christmas tree in a refugee camp located in Duhok province, Kurdistan Region. Photo: Rudaw TV
DUHOK, Kurdistan Region – Tens of thousands of Christians who remain displaced Continue reading