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Somalia bans Christmas

Catholic World News - December 26, 2013

For the first time since 1991, Somalia’s ministry of justice and religious affairs announced that any celebration of Christmas in the Sunni Muslim nation would be banned.

The director general of the ministry said that “all security and law enforcement agencies had been instructed to counter any such celebrations,” the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Located in the Horn of Africa, the Sunni Muslim nation of 10 million has one parish, three priests, four sisters, and 100 Catholics, according to Vatican statistics.

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