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Even as Christians in Iraq will not attend Midnight Mass or celebrate with external decorations for the second year in a row (which Terry Mattingly here ponders why it isn't being covered by the main stream media), Christians in the Orissa province of India will inform police of their celebrations, just to be safe.
Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities have deployed 2,500 police to patrol the streets and protect the faithful during their Christmas celebrations.
Let us this night give thanks to God not only for the Birth of his Son, but also for the freedom to celebrate our faith in public without fear for our lives. Let us also pray intently for our brothers and sisters living under persecution.