Iraqi Cabinet makes Christmas Day national holiday

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CHRISTMAS IN BAGHDAD: The Cabinet voted to make the occasion of Jesus Christ's birth a government holiday, according to a statement. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)

Nearly 300,000 Christians living in Iraq are observing Christmas one day after the Iraqi Cabinet approved a law observing Dec. 25 as a national holiday.

Worshippers attended Christmas services at Our Lady of Deliverance Church in Baghdad Tuesday morning.

On Monday, the Cabinet approved a national holiday observing the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ, according to an Iraqi government statement.

Since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, thousands have fled the country where there was once as many as 1.4 million Christians living in Iraq.
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