Thursday, December 25, 2008

Iraqi Yuletide

The Associated Press reports that Iraq has declared Christmas an official holiday for the first time in the nation's history. This follows Baghdad's first public Christmas celebration earlier this week.

Positive news for Iraqi Christians whose numbers have significantly decreased during the U.S. presence in Iraq. Since 2003, sectarian violence has forced hundreds of thousands of Christians to flee their homeland.

(photo credit: Iraqis observe Christmas Mass in Baghdad; from AFP)