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Two women in Iraq shop on Christmas Eve

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For most Christians, the day is celebrated to mark the birth of Jesus Christ their saviour.

Speaking through their Bishops, Rt Rev. Owen Nwokolo and Most Rev. Hilary Odili Okeke, respectively, they urged churches to preach peace, honesty and doing the right things at every given time and seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness.

Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Monday extended his heartiest greetings to all the members of the Christian fraternity and the people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on the eve of Christmas.

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

Celebrating Christmas can lead to serious trouble in Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Brunei.

Apostle Yoshua Masasu the leader of the Evangelical Restoration Church called upon Christians to seek salvation more than celebrations as they remember the birth of Christ.

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However, he said Jesus came to ensure rebirth of the people of the world, gave them life in him, new values, new mindset and new transformation for those who received Christ.

In a message, the Governor said, "Christmas is a time of joyous remembrance of Jesus Christ".

The governor added that: "Jesus Christ has been described as the prince of peace". Special Christmas trees have been prepared to celebrate the occasion. For 2000 years, Christmas has symbolised hope and goodwill. For this reason, my wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity.

Pew also found a clear divide along partisan lines, with almost two-thirds of Republicans saying they would attend church on Christmas (65 percent), while among Democrats, less than half (45 percent) said they planned on attending religious services.

But maybe this year we can be better.

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