Christmas

Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas Eve

Orthodox believers celebrated Christmas Eve on Friday and the evening service at Zagreb's Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord was celebrated by Ljubljana-Zagreb Metropolitan Porfirije, who called for togetherness and the reconciliation of all faiths, peoples and states.

Serbian PM envoy's message was friendly, says Croatian Serb official

The president of the Serb Cultural Society Prosvjeta has said that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's envoy Vladimir Bozovic, speaking at an Orthodox Christmas reception in Zagreb on Thursday, sent a friendly and open message which elicited unnecessarily sensationalist responses from Croatian media and Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier.

Pupovac praises Plenkovic for easing tensions, objects to his position on Jasenovac plaque

Calling for tolerance, acceptance and dedication to common interests, he said: "It is our duty to contribute to peace-building in the region where we exist as a country and a nation. It may seem that we have completed our work but we have not. In many aspects the situation has worsened."

Children asylum seekers given presents from City of Zagreb

Ninety-three children who currently live in the accommodation centre for asylum seekers in Zagreb were given presents for the New Year holidays on Friday.

20 Croatian families have refugees for Christmas lunch

Twenty Croatian families invited 50 refugees to their homes for Christmas lunch on Sunday as part of the "Christmas lunch with a refugee" campaign, launched by the Jesuit Refugee Service and aimed at encouraging meetings and communication between the local community and persons who have been granted or are seeking asylum in Croatia.

In Christmas message of peace, Pope speaks of suffering in Syria

Pope Francis called for peace on Earth and consideration for the victims of war and terrorism in his Christmas message given from the loggia of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday.

Zagreb archbishop says Croatian society needs genuine encounters, talks, joint endeavours

Celebrating Christmas Mass at Zagreb Cathedral on Sunday, the Archbishop of Zagreb, Cardinal Josip Bozanic, called on believers to be unselfish and show togetherness, saying Croatian society needed genuine encounters, talks, common searching and endeavours.

Pope Francis' Christmas Eve message: remember the needy children

Pope Francis called on worshippers to remember less fortunate children during a Christmas Eve mass in St Peter's Basilica.

Christmas services held at church at centre of Berlin attack

Several hundred worshippers attended Christmas Eve services at Berlin's landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Saturday, the site of the Christmas market that was targeted earlier in the week by a lone terrorist.

US military tracks Santa Claus; dropping gifts over central Asia

Children anxiously awaiting their Christmas gifts may wonder about the impending arrival of Santa Claus, but thanks to the US military they can know his exact location as the jolly old elf makes his rounds on Christmas Eve.

Obamas reflect on Christmas message in final holiday address

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama reflected on eight years in office as they wished Americans a final "Merry Christmas" from the White House.

May calls on Brits to "unite" in Christmas address after Brexit vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May has used her inaugural Christmas message to call on the people of her country to "come together" after a year of divisions over the Brexitreferendum, the Press Association new agency reported on Saturday.

Thousands gather in Bethlehem for Christmas festivities

Tens of thousands of Christians from around the world have gathered on Saturday in the Holy Land to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem.

Rome bans trucks from city centre during Christmas period

Heavy goods vehicles will be banned from the centre of Rome during the Christmas holiday period, as part of stepped up security measures for the Italian capital, Mayor Virginia Raggi said Friday.

Prince Charles calls for tolerance of refugees, religious differences

Britain's Prince Charles appealed for greater tolerance of refugees and religious differences on Thursday, in a pre-Christmas message broadcast on BBC radio.

Christmas will go ahead at German-Turkish school after controversy

Christmas will be considered an acceptable topic for discussion at an elite Turkish public high school in Istanbul, after an initial controversy at the Germany-funded school had sowed strife between Ankara and Berlin.

Majority of Germans not going to church this Christmas, survey shows

The majority of German citizens will not be going to church over the Christmas holidays, according to survey results released on Saturday.

Christmas tree thieves in Germany drunkenly stumble into police

Two drunk Christmas tree thieves in the south-western German city of Ulm were caught red-handed when they were stopped by police officers in the early hours of Saturday.

Parliament speaker wishes merry Christmas to Orthodox believers

Croatian Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner on Thursday extended his best wishes to Croatian citizens celebrating Christmas according to the Julian calendar.

SNV gives reception on occasion of Orthodox Christmas

"Unity in inequality is not possible and calling for unity without having in mind facts that our society is getting more unequal everyday cannot be realised as a true unity," Pupovac said.

Milanovic extends his best wishes for Christmas to Christian Orthodox believers

Caretaker Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic on Wednesday extended his best wishes for Christmas to the faithful who celebrate Christmas according to the old Julian calendar.

President wishes merry Christmas to Orthodox believers

"I want the Christmas atmosphere to encourage us to togetherness and the new year to bring us all peace, joy, lots of success and satisfaction,"

Karamarko: Let's forget misunderstandings, rows, be united, strong nation

"Christmas is also a time of love for one's fellow man. Let's forget misunderstandings and rows. 

Zagreb Archbishop says starting anew makes sense

He said the light of Christmas revealed too many imitations in social relations, internationally too, whose goal was not the common good but a particular good, the good of a minority to the detriment of the majority.

Pope Francis' Christmas Eve message: Act soberly, be compassionate

Thousands of people attended the service, one of the grandest in Catholic Church liturgy. 

Bridge party says Christmas 2015 will be remembered

We have a non-partisan expert who can manage big systems. All the faces we have been watching on the political scene no longer represent our country.

President issues Christmas message

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Thursday wished Croatian citizens a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, with an abundance of health, joy, peace and success.

Parliament speaker, PM wish merry Christmas

He said openness to others, constructive dialogue and understanding were an opportunity for even more closeness, mutual acceptance and acknowledgement.

Christmas biscuit bake-in with Muslim refugees in Dresden

The festive tumult of a German Christmas is something new for the many Muslim refugees. Elderly women organizing a biscuit bake-in in the eastern city of Dresden try to explain German customs to refugee women and children. This is more important than countering anti-Muslim demonstrations on the streets, one volunteer says.

Exhibition of ethnic minorities' Christmas customs opens

Twenty-two national minorities live in Zagreb, making it an example of co-existence in all of Europe, Deputy Mayor Vesna Kusin said, opening the exhibition, which is open until January 10.