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Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday night joined Christian faithful for a Christmas Eve Mass at the Holy Ghost Cathedral in Mombasa County. In Mombasa, it was all celebrations as holiday goers ushered in Christmas in style at the coastal city.

In his message during the Christmas church service he said that Christmas is the time when Christians should reflect on God's love and the virtues that characterised Jesus which included humility and kindness.

"I pray that the Christmas spirit will reinvigorate our sense of patriotism in our political, economic and social life, because we as Nigerians can only win if we win together".

Christmas 2018 LIVE updates: Here’s how people are celebrating the holiday

"We extend our warmest wishes to Christians in Iraq and around the world for a very happy and peaceful Christmas", it added.

Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan said the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ was being celebrated at national level to express solidarity with minorities.

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

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The church was decorated with colourful buntings and balloons, the devotees attending the celebrations prayed for the communal harmony, love for humanity and compassion for all living inside the valley.

"However, we received a kind of Christianity that confined God to the Church house, so to worship God, you have to go to church", he said.

"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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He expressed confidence that service to God with clear conscience brought about good tidings and blessings to the believers.

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