Skip to comments.Iraqi Catholics celebrate Easter
Posted on 03/31/2013 4:40:53 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Iraqs Catholic Christians flocked to churches to celebrate Easter Sunday, praying, singing and rejoicing in the resurrection of Christ behind high blast walls and tight security cordons.
It was the first Easter since the election of Pope Francis in Rome, and worshipers said they hoped their new spiritual leader would help strengthen their tiny community that has shrunk under the joint pressures of militant attacks and economic hardships.
An estimated two-thirds of Iraqs Christians are Catholics of the Chaldean church and the smaller Assyrian Catholic church. Worshipers of both churches chant in versions of ancient Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke, although the dialects would be mutually unintelligible.
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Prayers for their safety.
There are Catholics in Iraq? Who knew?
Many prayers for our brothers and sisters in Iraq, and all over the middle east. Stand strong for He is with you always.
Actually Tariq Aziz is a Chaldean Catholic. Not that it’s something I would imagine most Iraqi Catholics would brag about.