A Christmas service at a church in the Iraqi city of Mosul has taken place for the first time since militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) were driven out of the region.
Under IS the public performance of any Christian rituals was dangerous and difficult.
Iraqi forces defeated IS in Mosul in July.
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During the service, armoured vehicles sat outside Saint Paul’s church and, inside, white sheets covered up bombed-out window frames.
Farqad Malko a Christian who returned to the city after the defeat of IS, said the service was “important to relaunch Christian life”.
Saint Paul’s is the only functioning church in Mosul, and is only open thanks to the efforts of volunteers, the AFP agency reports.
Before the advance of IS in 2014, church leaders estimated Mosul had a Christian community of 35,000.