Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church will not hold public Christmas celebrations this year. The Patriarch of the Church, said the decision was made out of respect for those killed and wounded in recent anti-government protests. “There will be no decorated Christmas trees in the churches or streets, no celebrations and no reception at the patriarchate,” he said. Almost 430 people have died and 20,000 wounded in mass rallies clashing with security forces. The Church said it would act “out of respect for the dead and wounded among protesters and security forces, and in solidarity with the pains of their families”. Protesters are calling for an overhaul of the sectarian political system.
Source: Premier News Service