Thursday, December 25, 2008

Iraq celebrates Christmas for first time

The “new” government in Iraq has declared Christmas an official holiday in the war torn country for the first time. Christians are a significant minority in Iraq, which only now is getting some sense of stability in the factional fighting between Shiites and Sunnis and various groups since the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003.

Jim Heintz has a story on the AP site, here. ABC News reproduced the story Christmas morning.

The story shows Christians around a fire during Christmas Eve mass at The Great Virgin Mariam Church in Hamdaniya area, about twenty miles from Mosul.

In the Vatican, Pope Benedict criticized the rampant materialism and greed that led to the worldwide financial collapse.

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