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Iraqis Crowd Churches for Christmas Mass
Associated Press ^ | 12-25-07 | ELENA BECATOROS

Posted on 12/25/2007 4:36:59 PM PST by george76

Thousands of Iraqi Christians made their way to church through checkpoints and streets lined with blast walls, many drawing hope from a lull in violence to celebrate Christmas Mass in numbers unthinkable a year ago.

"We did not celebrate last year, but this year we have security and we feel better," said Rasha Ghaban, one of many women at the small Church of the Holy Family in Karradah...

Families streamed into the church's courtyard, wrapped in heavy winter jackets to protect them from the early morning chill. Young children with neatly combed hair held their parents' hands, and women stopped by the front door to pick through a basket of small lacy headscarves, placing them over their hair before walking in.

The pews were almost full—women toward the back and on the right side of the church, the men on the left—and still more people streamed in. Outside, police armed with automatic rifles manned a checkpoint at the corner of the narrow street, searching every passing car for possible bombs.

Christians have often been the target of attacks by Islamic extremists in Iraq, forcing tens of thousands to flee... Less than 3 percent of Iraq's 26 million people are Christians—the majority Chaldean-Assyrians and Armenians, with small numbers of Roman Catholics.

Muslim clerics—both Sunni and Shiite—also attended the service in a sign of unity.

"May Iraq be safe every year, and may our Christian brothers be safe every year," Shiite cleric Hadi al-Jazail told AP Television News outside the church. "We came to celebrate with them and to reassure them."

William Jalal, a 39-year old father of three attending Mass at Mar Eliya, said this Christmas was clearly different...

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: baghdad; catholicsiniraq; christians; christmas; christmasiniraq; christmasmass; iraq; iraqichristians; mass
AP is very upset...

The Surge is working.

Christians are going to church.

It is cold there...Global Warming is not working as Al planned.

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1 posted on 12/25/2007 4:37:00 PM PST by george76
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To: george76
many drawing hope from a lull in violence

Just a "lull" folks. AP can still hope the bad guys can ramp things up.

2 posted on 12/25/2007 4:39:52 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: george76

God Bless and protect the Iraqi Christians. May their fellow Iraqis who are muslim also see the light.


3 posted on 12/25/2007 4:39:53 PM PST by SolidWood (Al Gore: "I have never heard of this, but I think it is a very good idea,")
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To: george76

God bless the Iraqis

It was 36 degrees in Kuwait last night....global warming, eh Al?


4 posted on 12/25/2007 4:45:32 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: SolidWood; narses; NYer; The Mayor; SunkenCiv; G8 Diplomat; M. Espinola

Shiite tribal leaders attend Christmas mass at an Assyrian orthodox church in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007. The church, which is located next to a Shiite mosque, hosted their neighbors for Christmas mass as a gesture of friendship.

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5 posted on 12/25/2007 4:45:53 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Our prayers are working...Christians are returning to their homes and churches in the Middle East.


6 posted on 12/25/2007 4:48:32 PM PST by DesScorp
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To: george76

This is a good development.


7 posted on 12/25/2007 4:48:44 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: george76

And our troops celebrated Christmas in one of Saddam’s palaces!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1944119/posts


8 posted on 12/25/2007 5:01:48 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; All

An Iraqi family hosts a whole platoon for a Chistmas dinner...because we ruined their country and they hate us so much I guess.....
http://www.blackfive.net/main/2007/12/a-true-gift-of.html


9 posted on 12/25/2007 5:14:00 PM PST by Uriah_lost ("I don't apologize for the United States of America," -Fred D Thompson)
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10 posted on 12/25/2007 5:21:18 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

That’s a step in the right direction. Perhaps some of those Shiites will even consider converting to Christianity.


11 posted on 12/25/2007 5:36:13 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: DesScorp

I’ve been praying for same. Great article. Prayers do work! God bless and Merry Christmas!


12 posted on 12/25/2007 5:43:43 PM PST by fishergirl (My warrior, my soldier, my hero - my son. God bless our troops!)
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To: george76

Great article, thanks!!


13 posted on 12/25/2007 5:44:27 PM PST by fishergirl (My warrior, my soldier, my hero - my son. God bless our troops!)
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To: george76

Wow! What a great picture! The Infant Jesus does amazing things, and throughout history, the Crib is the place where everything converges.


14 posted on 12/25/2007 5:48:09 PM PST by livius
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To: Uriah_lost

So wonderful! I’m moved to tears. There were some Iraqi families that would bring food to my son’s squad. He said it was some of the best food he’d ever eaten. I was always asking him to find out what spices were used. (Darn, need to go find a tissue.) God bless and Merry Christmas!


15 posted on 12/25/2007 5:49:50 PM PST by fishergirl (My warrior, my soldier, my hero - my son. God bless our troops!)
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To: fishergirl; Chgogal; freema

God bless and Merry Christmas!


16 posted on 12/25/2007 5:54:24 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: fishergirl

I’m not sure if Iraqi cooking is much like Egyptian but I’ll ask my Mom what recipes she remembers from our time there.
God bless you and(I read your “about” page)your whole family of patriots!
I think it might be a real treat for your son, especially if you could get some of his buddies to be there too.


17 posted on 12/25/2007 5:56:49 PM PST by Uriah_lost ("I don't apologize for the United States of America," -Fred D Thompson)
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To: george76
Muslim clerics—both Sunni and Shiite—also attended the service in a sign of unity.

"May Iraq be safe every year, and may our Christian brothers be safe every year," Shiite cleric Hadi al-Jazail told AP Television News outside the church. "We came to celebrate with them and to reassure them."

Godspeed, Iraq. We're with you.

18 posted on 12/25/2007 6:13:48 PM PST by Allegra (HOME for the Holidays! Merry Christmas to my "family" back in Iraq.)
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To: Allegra

Godspeed, Allegra.

We’re with you, too.


19 posted on 12/25/2007 6:16:11 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

I don’t see any women in that pic?


20 posted on 12/25/2007 6:20:46 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (All my bullets are dipped in PIG fat. How about yours?)
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To: george76

How wonderful.
Harry Reid is a pig.


21 posted on 12/25/2007 6:23:23 PM PST by GRRRRR (Merry Christmas to US All...)
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To: george76

"May Iraq be safe every year, and may our Christian brothers be safe every year," Shiite cleric Hadi al-Jazail told AP Television News outside the church. "We came to celebrate with them and to reassure them."

The latest addition to my list of truly moderate Muslims. Maybe he'll convert. Our prayers are working; wouldn't it be great if Iraq became a Christian state? If Islam is conquering Europe, perhaps Christianity will conquer the Middle East.
22 posted on 12/25/2007 6:26:24 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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23 posted on 12/25/2007 6:27:46 PM PST by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: george76

Just like always....Bush did it!


24 posted on 12/25/2007 6:32:04 PM PST by Doctor Don
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To: george76
This is proof that : Murtha is an idiot, Reid is a LIAR, and Algore is a fat greedy opportunist.
25 posted on 12/25/2007 6:34:20 PM PST by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: george76

What a beautiful Christmas Story...For a moment in time we see the Lions and Lambs side by side together and we hope and pray that that will last in Iraq. When the proud Lions learn the way of the Lamb, it will be a lasting peace.

Thank you for posting this George...awesome pictures too..


26 posted on 12/25/2007 6:38:34 PM PST by billmor (A tiny baby in a lowly manger brings Love to the world.)
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To: G8 Diplomat
Communist China Says Merry Christmas, But Capitalist Google Won't.


27 posted on 12/25/2007 6:39:48 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Doctor Don

bump!


28 posted on 12/25/2007 6:41:48 PM PST by txhurl (Yes there were WMDs)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

29 posted on 12/25/2007 6:44:08 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: fish hawk; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; Calpernia; marsh2

Well said :

Murtha is an idiot, Reid is a LIAR, and Algore is a fat greedy opportunist.


30 posted on 12/25/2007 6:47:00 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: billmor
For a moment in time we see the Lions and Lambs side by side together and we hope and pray that that will last in Iraq.

"The Lion [Islam] will lay down with the Lamb [Christianity] and a little child [Jesus] will lead them..."

When the proud Lions learn the way of the Lamb, it will be a lasting peace

Amen!
31 posted on 12/25/2007 6:50:48 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: george76
Wait a minute! Just a few weeks ago 60 Minutes told us that there weren't any public Christians left in Iraq. I mean, 60 Minutes wouldn't lie, would they?
32 posted on 12/25/2007 7:08:49 PM PST by PugetSoundSoldier (Complaining about the sting of truth is the defense of the indefensible.)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Every time that their lips move :

60 Minutes wouldn’t lie, would they?


33 posted on 12/25/2007 7:10:30 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Thanks. That is awesome!


34 posted on 12/25/2007 9:51:29 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (All my bullets are dipped in PIG fat. How about yours?)
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To: george76
"Shiite tribal leaders attend Christmas mass at an Assyrian orthodox church in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007"

That's a totally amazing photograph indicating hope.

35 posted on 12/26/2007 1:10:39 AM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never 'free')
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To: SolidWood

“God Bless and protect the Iraqi Christians. May their fellow Iraqis who are muslim also see the light.”

AMEN!!


36 posted on 12/26/2007 4:45:14 AM PST by poobear (Pure democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. God save the Republic!)
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To: Does so

I looked to see what a “blast wall” looked like, and found that the Iraqi government is paying for “neutral art” to be painted on the walls.

http://www.art-for-a-change.com/blog/images/aug07/blastwall.jpg


37 posted on 12/26/2007 5:18:53 AM PST by Does so (...against all enemies, DOMESTIC and foreign...)
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To: fish hawk

“This is proof that : Murtha is an idiot, Reid is a LIAR, and Algore is a fat greedy opportunist.”

Excellent summary by our Aloha Bro!


38 posted on 12/26/2007 7:51:44 AM PST by Grampa Dave ("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!"- Jim Robinson, Sept, 30, 2007)
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Some more 'cheerful' images. Thanks for the ping!



Iraqi Christians attend Christmas mass in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)


Members of the choir listen to the Christmas eve mass led by Iraqi Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly in a church in the al-Karrada neighbourood in central Baghdad. Because of the danger involved, midnight mass is nothing more than a memory for Baghdad's Christians. A mass is celebrated at dusk on Christmas eve, and another on the morning of Christmas day. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)


An Iraqi nun attends the Christmas mass at a church in Basra, 550 kms (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad. Christians around the world celebrated Christmas today as the Catholic leader in the Holy Land pleaded for peace in the Middle East and Pope Benedict XVI spoke against selfishness. (AFP/Essam Al-Sudani)


Iraqi Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly leads the Christmas eve mass in a church in the al-Karrada neighbourood in central Baghdad. Because of the danger involved, midnight mass is nothing more than a memory for Baghdad's Christians. A mass is celebrated at dusk on Christmas eve, and another on the morning of Christmas day. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubay)


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39 posted on 12/26/2007 8:32:49 AM PST by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: george76

Prayers for them.


40 posted on 12/26/2007 1:58:14 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: george76

All praise to our Heavenly Father!


41 posted on 12/26/2007 7:18:46 PM PST by skr (How majestic is Thy Name, O Lord, and how mighty are Thy Works!)
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To: george76
Muslim clerics—both Sunni and Shiite—also attended the service in a sign of unity. "May Iraq be safe every year, and may our Christian brothers be safe every year," Shiite cleric Hadi al-Jazail told AP Television News outside the church. "We came to celebrate with them and to reassure them."

But...but...but all the antiwar Freepers told me that the Christians in Iraq would be slaughtered...they are so much wiser than me and my addled-by-Fox-News-brain, yet they've been wrong about everything. Man, I'm so confused!

42 posted on 12/27/2007 8:16:36 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Support Scouting: Raising boys to be strong men and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: Bahbah

If the insurgents were going to pull off a Tet, the time to do it would have been late August. The aP is going to be waiting for a long time for the “lull” to end.


43 posted on 12/27/2007 8:17:36 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Support Scouting: Raising boys to be strong men and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: fishergirl

Thank your son for me.


44 posted on 12/27/2007 8:18:24 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Support Scouting: Raising boys to be strong men and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Bad news for the antiwar crowd.

The surge is working.

Christians are going to church.

Merry Christmas


45 posted on 12/27/2007 8:19:09 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: G8 Diplomat

It’s 36 degrees here in Sacramento, I could use some warming.

Nice to see them actually getting along.


46 posted on 12/27/2007 8:26:25 AM PST by Lx ((Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.))
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Ping


47 posted on 12/27/2007 9:52:20 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace." —Thomas Jefferson)
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I will, thank you and God bless!


48 posted on 12/27/2007 3:40:55 PM PST by fishergirl (My warrior, my soldier, my hero - my son. God bless our troops!)
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To: george76

“AP is very upset...
The Surge is working.

“Christians are going to church.

“It is cold there...Global Warming is not working as Al planned.

“1 posted on 12/25/2007 4:37:00 PM PST by george76”

Thanks for making me giggle. :D


49 posted on 12/28/2007 8:10:46 AM PST by satin_patriot (Capitalist to the core.)
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