Christmas celebrated with pledge to promote brotherhood

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Pew found that 55 percent of millennials believe in the virgin birth, 54 percent believe that an angel announced Jesus' birth to shepherds, 57 percent believe that the three magi came bringing him gifts, and 65 percent believe that the infant Jesus was laid in a manger. On the 6th January, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the great feast that recalls the encounter of Jesus with the Magi of the East, who were Gentiles, people who were non-Jewish, who also represent us.

Bishops and priests led the faithfuls at the Midnight Mass in cathedrals and churches as bells tolled, signalling the moment of nativity of Christ.

As from the very early days, Christians were considering Jesus' birth as the beginning of the new year.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry in a statement felicitating the Christian community on Christmas said that the protection of the rights of minorities is among the top priorities of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government, according to a Radio Pakistan report.

He said for 2000 years, Christmas had symbolised hope and goodwill, adding, "It marked the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose message of faith, tolerance and compassion echoes through the ages". Irrespective of their religious identity, many people from the city celebrated the festival of Christmas.

Security has been ramped up at churches across the country.

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Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born in a stable in Bethlehem to Mother Mary and Saint Joseph.

Another resident, Danial Gambo, said he celebrated the season in a low key style in view of the harsh economic condition.

"When you look at all the things that are happening around us, you would think that there is nothing to rejoice for".

Abraham, however, urged them to continue to dedicate their lives to the service of God and the advancement of peace, unity and love.

"It is a time to reflect on the love, the kindness and humility Jesus espoused to us and I commit to do my best to emulate his way".

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