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Iraqi Christians, Pushed From Town by IS, Return for Christmas Eve Mass

As Christians around the world prepared to celebrate the religious holiday, several hundred Iraqi Christians were celebrating Christmas Eve Mass in their hometown near Mosul as both a sign of hope and defiance. Once home to thousands of Assyrian Christians, Bartella, on the outskirts of Mosul in Nineveh province, fell to Islamic State (IS) militants in August 2014. IS ransacked the Mar Shimoni church, destroying crosses and removing religious icons and other fixtures, before setting it...

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