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Iraqi government declares Christmas a 'national holiday'
In his recent address to the authorities, the Chaldean Patriarch had asked for an official recognition of the holy day. Mar Sako said that "Jesus did not come just for Christians, but for everyone"; he also emphasises the "special respect" Muslims have for Jesus. The recognition is a new and important step for a long-persecuted minority.
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Nepal cancels Christmas as a public holiday; Christians retort that Hindus have 83
Nepal’s Home Affairs Minister justifies the decision by the need to reduce the number of religious feast days. Christians see the influence of "anti-Christian tendencies”. Christmas was declared a public holiday eight years ago, when Nepal became a secular state. Christian leaders also slam Article 156, which bans conversions.
May the Christmas tree teach us to give ourselves, says the Pope
Pontiff lovingly greets 32 children who survived the Beslan school massacre.
For pope, even to non-believers the crèche and the Christmas tree "speak of fraternity, intimacy and friendship"
This afternoon Francesco inaugurated the crèche and Christmas tree in St Peter's Square as well as the new lighting on the façade and the dome of St Peter's Basilica.
Korea, giant Christmas Tree returns to border between North and South
The Seoul government has granted the Christian Council of Korea to turn on the lights of the huge metal structure, topped by a cross, which will be visible up to 10 miles away. On December 23, a church service and the singing of Christmas carols.
A Christmas tree ready to light up North Korea
The Seoul government, after 7 years, grants permission to light the three with the cross on its top at Aegibong Peak, a hilly area less than 3 km from the border that separates the two Koreas: It will be visible to the North Korean population. North Korea attacks the "propaganda of the regime."
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