Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

300 churches in Iran gearing up for Christmas

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While most of the Middle East is gripped with turmoil, terrorist attacks or displacement of both Muslim and non-Muslim residents due to military conflicts, Iranian Christians are smoothly making preparations for Christmas in over 300 churches across the country.

All of the churches in Iran, which amount to 300, are going to celebrate Christmas in the coming weeks, Saeed Taqavi, an official for religious minorities affairs told Tasnim.

Christian citizens in Iran, chiefly Armenians and Assyrians, can perform religious rites in churches all over the country, some of which in the provinces of East and West Azerbaijan have been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, he added.

Under the Iranian Constitution, the recognized religious minorities have the right to elect parliamentary representatives of their own, while they can vote for Muslim candidates as well.

Five seats of the country’s parliament are reserved for religious minorities. There is one Zoroastrian, one Jewish and three Christian (two for Armenian Christian and one for Assyrians) lawmakers in the Iranian parliament.

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2 Comments

  1. Ray Joseph Cormier

    November 25, 2016 at 5:15 am

    This report should get wide coverage in the West, but unfortunately, it won’t. I shared it on my Face Book News Feed with this intro;

    Did you know this, as Western Media demonize Iran? The US war in Syria is to get at Iran.

    The Hypocritical Western powers and news media did not care about civilian deaths when the US and others financed Saddam and his proxy Iraqi army to start the brutal 8 year war against Iran in 1980, to nip the 1979 Iranian Revolution in the bud, when he was a useful tool carrying out US policy.

    The British created Royal Oil Sheikdoms were terrified when the oldest legitimate Monarchy in the Middle East, going back to Biblical Cyrus the Great some 2500 years ago, was tossed in the ash heap of history.

    There are more Jews free to practice their Jewish Faith in their own Synagogues in Iran, than in any other Middle Eastern State outside of Israel.

    http://ray032.com/2012/03/14/the-nuclear-question-iran-different-from-the-rest/

    • Sebastian Clark

      November 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Thank you

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