Largest Church Body in Iraq Reschedules Christmas Eve Mass

Image

This year, Iraq's largest Christian community will be celebrating traditional Christmas mass earlier than normal after a string church bombings across the war-torn country. Chaldean patriarch Emmanuel Delly has ordered that the usual 10 p.m. (1900 GM

iraq-chr.jpg
"It is a way to protest against the attacks. We want peace," Abuna said, denying that the mass schedule has been altered because of security fears According to Abuna, Delly has also advised worshippers not to travel to present him with Christmas greetings--as is the custom--although mass will take place as normal on Dec. 25. In recent months, a string of increasing violence directed at Iraq's Christian minority has led to the destruction of places of worship and the building exodus of 10,000 to 40,000 or so believers. In the most recent violence against Iraq’s minority Christian community, gunmen attacked two churches in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Dec. 7, forcing people to leave and setting off explosions inside the buildings that caused damage but no personal harm. Last month, masked men detonated a bomb near an Orthodox Church in southern Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 34. In October, five Baghdad churches were attacked, causing damage but no casualties. And in August, similar attacks killed at least 10 and wounded nearly 50 Iraqi Christians. The attacks follow an outbreak of insurgent violence across Iraq as the country nears its first democratic elections, slated for Jan. 30.

You May Also Like

Image

Pope Francis skips Via Crucis in Rome while tens of thousands pray his meditations

Vatican City: (By Matthew Santucci for CAN) In an apparent last-minute decision, Pope Francis skipped the Way of the Cross ceremony held at Rome&rs

Image

As many as 2,700 American soldiers are guarding ‘Mr. Bone Saw’ illegal rule of Saudi Arabia. By AHMAR MUSTIKHAN

At least 2,700 U.S. soldiers are guarding one of the most despicable de facto rulers ever of the Saudi sheikhdom, Mohammed bin Salman, according to

Image

Pope Francis changes statutes of papal basilica, emphasizing work of canons

Vatican City: (By Matthew Santucci for CNA) Pope Francis on Wednesday issued new regulations for the administration of the papal Basilica of St. Ma



"Trial of Pakistani Christian Nation" By Nazir S Bhatti

On demand of our readers, I have decided to release E-Book version of "Trial of Pakistani Christian Nation" on website of PCP which can also be viewed on website of Pakistan Christian Congress www.pakistanchristiancongress.org . You can read chapter wise by clicking tab on left handside of PDF format of E-Book.

nazirbhattipcc@aol.com , pakistanchristianpost@yahoo.com