Skip to comments.Midnight Masses Canceled in Iraq Because of Growing Security Concerns
Posted on 12/23/2011 6:32:26 AM PST by marshmallow
LONDON (CNS) -- Chaldean Catholic officials have canceled traditional Christmas Eve midnight Masses because of security risks.
Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk in northern Iraq told the agency Aid to the Church in Need that Christians will spend Christmas in "great fear" because of the risk of new attacks.
All services and Masses have been scheduled for daylight hours, he said in an interview with Rome-based AsiaNews.
"Midnight Christmas Mass has been canceled in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk as a consequence of the never-ending assassinations of Christians," he said, citing the Oct. 31, 2010, attack on the Syrian Catholic cathedral that left 57 people dead in the Iraqi capital.
Archbishop Sako also expressed concern over the growing conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims vying for political power. He said the conflict has led to growing instability, especially in the days since the pullout of U.S. military troops in mid-December.
The archbishop's concerns follow a series of incidents in the northern province of Kurdistan, which had been considered safe haven for Christians.
In Erbil, Kurdistan's capital, Christian Sermat Patros, 29 was kidnapped Dec. 12. Between Dec. 2 and Dec. 5, at least 30 Christian-owned businesses were torched in Zakho near the Turkish border. A Christian couple also was found shot dead in their car Dec. 13 in Mosul.
of course it is, Odumbo has kept his promise.
What are they afraid of? we spread duhmocracy to their country. ingrates.
The faith of these Christians is incredible. When I hear members of my own church complaining because the temperature is wrong, the Pastor’s message is “confusing”, or a member of the choir is off-key, I feel sorry for us and wonder what they’ll do if/when religious persecution comes to America.
No problem at mosques in America, but soon the problems at Christian churches here will greatly increase.
Imho... time has come to shut down the mosques in America and end the double standard.
Back in February 2003 I attended a meeting with Karl Rove where I asked him about the threat posed to the Christians by the then pending invasion of Iraq.
He told me there wasn’t anything to fear because the Iraqis “were a highly educated people” and that they would greet us as liberators.
Saddam might have been a thug, but his regime treated Christians with far more dignity than just about any other thuggish regime in the region. He even built Churches for the Catholics.