- The Iraqi cabinet has approved an amendment to the national holidays law
- It makes December 25 a public holiday for everyone, not just Christians as before
- Iraq’s population is 95 per cent Muslim and there are around 300,000 Christians
Hundreds of Iraqi Christians held their prayers across the country under tight security this Christmas.
Catholics joined together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at St George Chaldean Church in Baghdad.
Mass celebrations also took place at the al-Tahira al-Kubra church and the Mar Addai Chaldean Church, both in the Assyrian town of Qaraqosh, some 13 km east of Mosul.
A priest hugs a Christian girl after a mass on Christmas at St George Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad, Iraq December 25, 2018
Hundreds of Iraqi Christians held their prayers in Mosul under tight security this Christmas