Christians mark Christmas with due religious fervour

26 December, 2017, 04:15 | Author: Jason Torres
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The prayers were held at the Holy Family Catholic Church and All Saints' Church in Srinagar, Saint Joseph's Church in Baramulla district-the oldest Catholic Church in Jammu and Kashmir.

Christmas was celebrated on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir with traditional enthusiasm and religious fervour with members of the small population of Christians in the valley thronging churches for Mass as special prayers were held for world peace.

The devotees in all the churches lauded the communal brotherhood of Kashmir and prayed for peace and prosperity in Kashmir.

Churches all over held special Christmas Eve services Sunday to celebrate the real reason for the season. The prayers were followed by distribution of candies and cutting of cakes.

Shah said the officials of the Tourism department would also attend travel and trade fairs to woo more tourists to Kashmir.

"I hope in the year ahead, we will be witnessing further cooperation and rapport on the path to boosting and deepening peace, security and tranquility, and further consolidation of friendships across the globe", he added. No Christian faces any problem here.

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Facilitating the Christian community on their celebratory occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in their separate messages lauded the honest efforts of Christians for the socio-economic development of Pakistan.

For the first time after a gap of 50 years, the church bell rang on Christmas at Moulana Azad road.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in his felicitation message said that Jesus Christ (AS) brought and preached the message of peace, brotherhood and love for the whole humanity. The original bell was damaged in a fire on June 7, 1967.

However, people missed "White Christmas" as there was no snowfall in the Valley.

"#MerryChristmas to all of you".

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