Skip to comments.Christmas Midnight Mass Canceled in Iraq
Posted on 12/22/2010 6:30:20 PM PST by marshmallow
KIRKUK, Iraq, DEC. 22, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Due to the ongoing violence against Iraqi Christians, Christmas Eve midnight Mass has been canceled, and the Church has taken on an attitude of sobriety instead of festivity.
Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk reported to AsiaNews that due to security concerns, the midnight Mass will not take place in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk.
Also for security reasons, the churches will not be decorated, he noted, and Masses will be "somber" and held during the day.
"A sense of sadness and mourning prevails among Christians," the prelate reported, due to the Oct. 31 massacre in the Syrian Catholic cathedral of Baghdad and the ongoing violence.
"No one expects anything from the government as far as protecting Christians," he stated. "Political leaders are too caught up in setting up a new administration."
Despite this, Archbishop Sako said, "Christmas brings a message of hope."
"For us in Iraq," he added, "Christmas is a time of hope and joy as well as pain and martyrdom."
Islam, the religion of....oh, never mind.
Maybe if we stay there another 10 years...?
The Isamists fear Christ. That is the cause of the persecution. Just like in the early days of the Church, the Truth was feared by those then in power.
I am soooo pisssssd!
this is disgusting...I think we should send over our Motorcycle Patriot Guard to escort and secure the Midnite Mass!
If we still have troops there why can’t we have contingents of Marines guarding these churches.........
A little overhead helicoptors and air force might be the “ 2010 Stars of Bethlehelm “.
“Five to ten years from now when hard-core Islamic fanatics are running Iraq, we may regret we ever invaded the country”
How could this be happening in a country where we fought a war, ostensibly successfully, and touted the new leadership? Evidently we have not been told the truth. IT seems that things in Iraq, for Westerners, and specifically Christians, are worse than before.
All I know is I’ll be praying for the Christians of Iraq. I wish there was more we could do, that would have support from the government here, and there.
Yes, what a waste. That religion of peace is sooo cool.
So much for religious tolerance in a Moslem country.
barry say no.
Any moment now, the American Peaceful Muslims and of course, the Ground Zero Mosque leader will denounce the persecution of Christians in Baghdad!
Uh, any day now, there will be marches in Washington and of course, in Baghdad demanding freedom of religion and protection of Christians in Iraq!!!
And Obozo will have a special press conference too, denouncing this and expressing his SHOCK!
The Chaldeans will have to leave Iraq.
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