Christmas returned to Mosul after the liberation from ISIS

Church in Mosul has hosted the first Christmas service since the city was liberated from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Saint Paul’s Church in east Mosul celebrated Christmas mass on Sunday amid tight security, Telegraph reports.

At least 100 Christians attended the service in east Mosul and there were large numbers of Muslims who came to show support to their friends and neighbours. A portrait of a Christian killed under Isis rule was shown outside the church to serve as a painful reminder of the city’s difficult recent history, according to The Independent.

Watch Italian journalist Fausto Bilolsavo reporting the liberation of the church in Mosul (March 2014).