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The only Christian family of Abadan, a city in southwestern Iran, enjoyed the companionship of their Muslim fellow citizens during the Christmas Day.
The Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Tehran Ramzi Garmou hailed Iran’s peace and security in a region engulfed by war and insecurity, saying that Christians have a peaceful life in the country.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani offered his congratulation to Pope Francis and world leaders on Christmas and the new Christian year, expressing hope that the world would see peace and justice in 2018.
A few hundred Iraqi Christians flocked on Saturday to Bartella, a northern town recently retaken from the ISIS terrorist group, to celebrate Christmas for the first time since 2013.
Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri in separate messages congratulated his Christian counterparts on the birthday anniversary of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the new Christian year.