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Iraq declares Christmas a holiday in bid to support Christian minority

December 23, 2013

The government of Iraq has declared Christmas Day a national holiday, in a gesture of support for the country’s embattled religious minority.

The government announced the holiday as a show of “solidarity” with Christians, who have seen their community dwindle in strength during the past decade. The action came in response to a request from Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Raphael Louis I Sako, who had suggested making December 25 “a day of rest for all Iraqis.”

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 23, 2013 8:36 PM ET USA

    I would like to hope that is a genuine sign of the government's willingness to stop the killing of Christians.