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"A particular thought goes to our brothers and sisters who celebrate the Birth of the Lord in hard, if not hostile situations, especially where the Christian community is a minority, often vulnerable or not taken into account. During his stay among us we learnt of the healing power of Jesus of Nazareth; the child whose birth in the grotto in Bethlehem we are celebrating". "The world has nothing to offer us but if we believe in Jesus Christ we will have eternal life".

The government of Iraq has declared that December 25th which is Christmas Day will now be recognised as a national holiday in the country to celebrate "the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ".

"You need to have Jesus Christ before obtaining prosperity".

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu today extended greetings to the people of both the Telugu States and in other countries on the eve of Christmas.

The faithful thronged churches and opened up their doors for relatives and friends in different parts of the city as the festival of Christmas was celebrated in the spirit of peace and brotherhood, on Tuesday.

The priest noted that Christmas was celebrated to enable the faithful engage in spiritual supplications, uphold righteousness and show love for the greater good of humanity.

Similarly, Pastor Abdulrahman Abraham, the Assistant Resident Pastor, Living Faith Church, Kugbo, FCT has described Christmas season as a time for rejoicing, giving thanks for life and showing love to other people.

"Merry Christmas and may the joy of Christmas go in our hearts, in our homes and in our families".

"It is a time to reflect on the love, the kindness and humility Jesus espoused to us and I commit to do my best to emulate his way".

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