Category: Christmas

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Pope warns of ‘winds of battle’ in Christmas message

In his traditional Christmas message, Pope Francis has urged a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as tensions prevail over the US’ decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  Addressing tens of thousands of Roman Catholics on Christmas Day at the Vatican on Monday, the Argentine pontiff said children in the Middle East “continue…

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12 global festivities in December, moreover Christmas

December has become synonymous of Christmas, and New Year. However, there are other other celebrations taking place around the world such as Kwanzaa or the Bodhi Day. Below we take a look at the different celebrations taking place this month. Hogmanay – Dec 31 The Scots word for the last day of the year is…

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Pope Francis pleads for refugees at Christmas Eve mass

Pope Francis has strongly defended refugees at his Christmas Eve mass, urging the world not to ignore the plight of people who are “driven from their land” because of leaders willing to shed “innocent blood”. The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics on Sunday led a solemn ceremony for about 10,000 people in…

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A Jerusalem Christmas

Christmas has always been a very special and meaningful holiday season for Palestinian Christians. In fact, it is almost like a national holiday in which many Muslims partake, especially in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah and Nazareth, where most of the Christians and church schools are located. Those schools serve both communities, so it is not surprising…

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How did Victorian Muslims contain an very satisfactory time Christmas?

At 6am on December 25, 1888, the winter sun was yet to rise over the English city of Liverpool. A Victorian terrace house was feverish with activity. The soft glow of candlelight emanating from 8 Brougham Terrace revealed men and women busily putting up decorations and preparing food for the big celebration ahead, Christmas Day.…