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Catholics Killed at Mass in Iraq: Extremist Muslims invade Church, Murder Priest
Catholic Online ^ | 11/1/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier

Posted on 11/01/2010 5:53:37 AM PDT by tcg

They gathered in Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church for an evening Mass. They are members of an increasingly besieged and forgotten minority in Iraq, Catholic Christians. Their herosm and love for the Lord has inspired them to continue to practice the ancient faith in the midst of what is a steadily deteriorating situation for them in this land they have called home for centuries.

Our Lady of Salvation Church is no stranger to violence. Churches have been bombed before in Iraq, including Our Lady of Salvation. The Christian faithful have had to contend with an increasingly hostile culture. However, never before have they experienced the horror of what happened this past Sunday when terrorists invaded a Church as the Holy Mass was set to begin, killed the priest and held the worshippers hostage for four hours. It ended with at least 52 dead, others injued, and our brothers and sisters in Iraq devastated.

Reports confirm that 120 of the faithful had gathered to hear the Gospel proclaimed, participate in the Liturgy, and receive the Holy Eucharist. There were women, men and children. One eyewitness who had been inside the Church when the terrorists entered the sanctuary told European news sources that the armed terrorists "came into the prayer hall and immediately killed the priest". Out of fear the witness would not identify himself. However, he also attested to the brutality of the terrorists. He indicated that they beat the worshippers and then herded them into an inner hall...

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One report concerning the state of the Church after the security forces stormed in to attempt to rescue the Christians is particularly horrifying. It came from a police officer, "It's a horrible scene. More than 50 people were killed. The suicide vests were filled with ball bearings to kill as many people as possible. You can see human flesh everywhere. Flesh was stuck to the top roof of the hall. Many people went to the hospitals without legs and hands." It is time for an international outcry of catholics and other Christians. We must stand with out Christians brothers and sisters.
1 posted on 11/01/2010 5:53:46 AM PDT by tcg
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To: tcg

The Catholic Church is too weak to do anything about this.


2 posted on 11/01/2010 5:57:10 AM PDT by dog breath
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To: tcg

ROP SOP


3 posted on 11/01/2010 5:57:32 AM PDT by hattend (Like a termite to wood, Obama only wants to destroy - Mark Levin)
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To: dog breath

“The Catholic Church is too weak to do anything about this.”

Just what do you propose that they DO about this?


4 posted on 11/01/2010 6:04:10 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: tcg

Yet, during a war, we cannot enter mosques? Yeah okay.


5 posted on 11/01/2010 6:05:46 AM PDT by sigzero
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To: dog breath

Muslims will burn in Hell for all eternity.


6 posted on 11/01/2010 6:06:48 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: SumProVita

They know they’re in a violent area and situation. The church should at the very least, arm themselves or have armed security to match their enemies as best they can. I’m catholic and I support this strategy.


7 posted on 11/01/2010 6:09:47 AM PDT by TheRake
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To: dog breath

I was finally Confirmed in the Catholic Church this weekend...(long story on why it didn’t happen sooner as a kid, I am 36 now). Anyway, the church appears to be more liberal than ever Priest and Bishop wise...but..you could get a sense when the Bishop was addressing some issues lightly with regards to the Islamic faith...that they are indeed on alert and Christ will win this one in the end.


8 posted on 11/01/2010 6:10:51 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: tcg
Baghdad church hostage drama ends in bloodbath
9 posted on 11/01/2010 6:11:01 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: tcg

The Cathollic Church or Vatican announced Saturday that Israel has no right to the holy land. That it is not the ‘chosen’ people since our Messiah made that null and void. They went full on into replacement theology and are now in my opinion an apostate religion.


10 posted on 11/01/2010 6:11:06 AM PDT by panzerkamphwageneinz (HALLELUJAH)
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To: tcg

I would think this should be the lead story around the world. How barbaric.


11 posted on 11/01/2010 6:11:30 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: dog breath

....The Catholic Church is too weak to do anything about this....

The Lord will never abandon his Pilgrim Church on Earth, his bride forever. With God on our side, what earthly thing is beyond us? Remember the Martyrs in our prayers.


12 posted on 11/01/2010 6:13:04 AM PDT by irish_links (: ... but only say the word and I shall be healed.)
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To: SumProVita

They could at least SAY something about it.

But I bet you’ll hear not a word about this from official Catholic sources, particularly in the US, but even in Rome. They’re too busy being “ecumenical” (ignoring the fact that this word covers only other Christian churches and not Muslims) and left-wing. It’s forbidden to speak honestly of Islam, remember?

The Synod of Eastern Rite Bishops got a lot of criticism for their anti-Israel statement (although it actually did not sum up their talks, but basically was the summary by an AMERICAN Greek-Rite bishop). But what is worse is that in their statement, they were actually very objective and firm about Islam, its proseletysing by violence and force, its attempts to exterminate Christians, its violation of human rights, etc. But this appeared only in the first transcripts that came out.

When the official version, as edited by Fr. Lombardi, was published, virtually all negative references to Islam had been removed. The statement was meaningless.


13 posted on 11/01/2010 6:13:29 AM PDT by livius
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To: jersey117
I would think this should be the lead story around the world. How barbaric.

One would think that....however, this is not an unusual story...muslims invading a Christian church, killing, brutality. Nothing new, ho hum.

14 posted on 11/01/2010 6:16:46 AM PDT by Taggart_D
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To: panzerkamphwageneinz

That was a statement by an AMERICAN Greek-Rite bishop who “summarized” the conference, although most of the rest of the conference was primarily about Islam and how the Church in the Middle East can defend itself. Curiously enough, virtually all of that was deleted from the final statement, probably by lefties in the Vatican press service.


15 posted on 11/01/2010 6:17:01 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius

Were the attackers Muslim, Muslim Fundamentalists or Muslim Extemists?


16 posted on 11/01/2010 6:17:19 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: tcg
Where are Pope Urban II, Jan Sobieski, and Vlad Dracula when you need them??


17 posted on 11/01/2010 6:18:55 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

They were Muslims. There really isn’t a difference; it’s just how far the virus has eaten into their brains.


18 posted on 11/01/2010 6:19:28 AM PDT by livius
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To: panzerkamphwageneinz
The Cathollic Church or Vatican announced Saturday that Israel has no right to the holy land.

Can you provide a link?

19 posted on 11/01/2010 6:25:06 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: The_Media_never_lie

They were devout Muslims practicing their faith.


20 posted on 11/01/2010 6:29:46 AM PDT by Never on my watch (Why does the Left think Muslims are going to behave as Christians?)
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To: SumProVita
“The Catholic Church is too weak to do anything about this.”

Just what do you propose that they DO about this?

Haven't you ever heard of the Vatican Swiss Guards' Special Forces? /sarc

21 posted on 11/01/2010 6:33:32 AM PDT by Never on my watch (Why does the Left think Muslims are going to behave as Christians?)
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To: tcg

Nothing good can come from this. Such a terrible thing to happen.


22 posted on 11/01/2010 6:35:18 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: dog breath

Yet these savages want a mosque at or near Ground Zero.If that mosque were built at least the Christians and Jews would allow it to stand.


23 posted on 11/01/2010 6:35:28 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: TheRake

Armed guards on the outside, and armed escorts to and from Mass?

But, more importantly, the local government and people there are going to have to make it clear by force that they are willing to defend to the death a religion they don’t themselves practice. (I know, that may not happen.)

Of course, all those Catholics could be refugees and leave for the US, but Obama wants to accept Muslim refugees instead.


24 posted on 11/01/2010 6:41:27 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: tcg

52 Catholics are dead in a horrific terrorist attack getting ready to attend Holy Mass and the thread turns into a Catholic Church bash-fest. Unbelievable.


25 posted on 11/01/2010 6:42:07 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: dog breath

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


26 posted on 11/01/2010 6:47:54 AM PDT by freefdny
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To: jersey117

The MSM is silent. Surprise anyone ?


27 posted on 11/01/2010 6:48:04 AM PDT by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: tcg

The Priest and worshipers who died practicing our faith are siting with Jesus this morning and will enjoy the paradise of Heaven forever.


28 posted on 11/01/2010 6:48:58 AM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing leftists and their fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: tcg

“Extremist Muslims”

****

Redundant.


29 posted on 11/01/2010 6:52:57 AM PDT by peyton randolph (There is no such thing as moderate Islam)
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To: tcg

How can this be? George Bush told me Islam was a religion of peace!


30 posted on 11/01/2010 6:54:22 AM PDT by MichiganConservative (A government big enough to do unto the people you don't like will get to doing unto you soon enough.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Were the attackers Muslim, Muslim Fundamentalists or Muslim Extemists?

These were "Good" muslims.

They would kill "bad" muslims just as soon as Jews and Christians...not to mention atheists, packers, and munchers.

31 posted on 11/01/2010 6:55:32 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: frogjerk

I believe it. Sometimes ‘Christians’ are their own worst enemies. You know the saying that we must hang together or we will surely hang separately? I think some would rather hang separately than next to a Catholic.


32 posted on 11/01/2010 6:58:12 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: livius

They’re too busy being “ecumenical” (ignoring the fact that this word covers only other Christian churches and not Muslims) and left-wing.
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We discussed this in our Sunday School class yesterday. You’re absolutely right: ecumenical has come to mean saying every religion is equally valid and true. ‘Tain’t so, due to the fact that to be true to Christianity, we MUST say that all other gods are false gods.


33 posted on 11/01/2010 6:59:16 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: tcg

Gee, I wonder how many of the 80,000 ‘immigrants’ Odumbo is letting into the US are Christians from muzzie countries?


34 posted on 11/01/2010 6:59:46 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop ACORN destroying America! Cut off their federal funding!)
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To: dog breath

A reorganized Knights Templar is the only practical answer.


35 posted on 11/01/2010 7:01:01 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: frogjerk

+1

I am not Catholic, but whatever our doctrinal differences (which at times can seem large) we should be able to agree on one point: the persecution of christains is unacceptable.

These people were killed because they proclaimed the name of Jesus Christ—period. That should be an affront to anyone that calls themselves a christian (Protestant, Catholic, independent Baptist, etc...)

Anyone that can brush off the massacre of a group of christians, because “they weren’t members or my denomination and we disagree too much on christian doctrine” needs to reexamine their christian beliefs now (because I gurantee there will come a day when you’ll be asked to give an account of that belief before God, and the “they weren’t members of OUR churc” excuse won’t cut it).


36 posted on 11/01/2010 7:01:31 AM PDT by Brookhaven (The next step for the Tea Party--The Conservative Hand--is available at Amazon.com)
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To: Let's Roll

Probably none. Obama specifically said that he wanted to encourage Muslim immigration.

Bush tried to get Christians from Muslim territories admitted as refugees, but of course that was turned down.


37 posted on 11/01/2010 7:04:01 AM PDT by livius
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To: jagusafr
we MUST say that all other gods are false gods.

Alas, that takes some spine among the leadership. They're into happy-talk, and in addition, a lot of them are in that mushy liberal land where they prefer not to think about difficult subjects.

Oh well. The disciples all ran away and left Jesus, so I suppose there's historic precedent...

38 posted on 11/01/2010 7:06:00 AM PDT by livius
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To: Salvation

Prayers for our martyred Catholic brothers and sisters ping.


39 posted on 11/01/2010 7:07:29 AM PDT by Betis70 (First the House, then the Senate)
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To: Brookhaven

Agreed. Actually, the Pope and local bishops in areas where atrocities against Catholic and Protestant Christians have happened have spoken out against it and defended the other churches, too, and they have spoken out against the atrocities committed in Africa against Evangelical groups.


40 posted on 11/01/2010 7:09:29 AM PDT by livius
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To: TheRake

Caholics armed?
Good idea, though gun control prevents that.

Horrible trajedy!
Extremist muslims did the attack.
Moderate muslims did what? Applaud?

Obababa to send aid (to the Catholics or the Muslims?)


41 posted on 11/01/2010 7:11:15 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (Obama & the "Dem Party" have proved America is ready for Fascism/Socialism.)
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To: Renderofveils

Bingo!


42 posted on 11/01/2010 7:13:57 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: tcg

“Catholics Killed at Mass in Iraq: Extremist Muslims invade Church, Murder Priest”

I disagree with the headline. These are not “extremist muslims.” Just muslims. That is just who they are.


43 posted on 11/01/2010 7:14:04 AM PDT by Grunthor (I learned only after Obamas' election that I am a racist, SEXIST, homophobe, anarchist.)
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To: Betis70

Where is Janet Reno when we need her?

Oh wait, she only does massacures of non-Muslim churches.
And sends small children back to totalitarian countries.


44 posted on 11/01/2010 7:18:45 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (Obama & the "Dem Party" have proved America is ready for Fascism/Socialism.)
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To: tcg

Horrible. And I have not seen one mention of this on the cable news this morning.

This is the kind of typical mohammedan savagery that got the Crusades started.


45 posted on 11/01/2010 7:19:29 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Congratulations and many blessings in your Confirmation.


46 posted on 11/01/2010 7:22:06 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: tcg

There’s not a whole lot of outrage over this. There was a 1000 times more outrage over the TALK about burning a savage indoctrination book than over the DEATHS of Christians.


47 posted on 11/01/2010 7:28:08 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Annoying liberals is my goal. I will not be silenced.)
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To: panzerkamphwageneinz

The fullness of the Christian faith resides in the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church doesn’t do “replacement theology”. The Church originally consisted entirely of Jews, who heard and believed the Gospel. Soon afterwards, gentiles were “grafted on”, through baptism and the other sacraments, so that, in Christ, they too are heirs to God’s promises to his people. The Jews of today are beloved by God but are alienated from him, as John the Baptist and later Jesus repeatedly had warned.

Your opinion of what religion’s apostate is just that — your opinion — unless you enjoy authority from God to speak definitively on the matter. Is there something special about you that we should know?


48 posted on 11/01/2010 7:29:55 AM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: tcg
The Christian faithful have had to contend with an increasingly hostile culture.

Bush's fault.

49 posted on 11/01/2010 7:31:18 AM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: tcg
Pinging Christine Amajournalnut. Pinging Christine Amajournalnut, your favorite religion doing what it does best. Please report for duty and start smearing the Christian Rightwing nutjobs.
50 posted on 11/01/2010 7:36:47 AM PDT by Chgogal (American Mugabe, get your arse out of my bank, my car, my doctor's office & my elec. utility.)
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