Worth a thousand words

A man inspects bloodstained copies of the Koran a day after a blast occurred inside Umm al-Qura mosque in Baghdad’s Ghazaliya district August 29, 2011. Details: A suicide bomber posing as a beggar detonated his explosives inside a major Baghdad Sunni mosque on Sunday, killing at least 24 people, including an Iraqi lawmaker, just as [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

An Iraqi man inspects damages at the Mar Afram Syriac Orthodox Church following an explosion in the northern city of Kirkuk as a series of nationwide attacks hit the country. The daylong wave of violence was the deadliest in the country this year. Iraqi Christians now fear for their lives — but they aren’t the [Read More...]

Car bomb hits Catholic church in Iraq; at least 20 injured

It happened early this morning in Kirkuk, about 150 miles north of Baghdad. Details: The attack took place in Kirkuk’s Shatterlo neighborhood around 5:30 a.m., according to a police official who spoke to CNN on condition anonymity, because he’s not authorized to speak to the media. The wounded included staff from the Holy Family Church [Read More...]

Homily for July 24, 2011: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The gospel we just heard has some surprising comparisons to the Kingdom of God – a kingdom that isn’t measured in acres, or miles, or limited by any kind of geography we might imagine.  It is a kingdom, in fact, whose size could be small enough to hold in your hand, or bury in a [Read More...]

Survivor of Baghdad church massacre killed in robbery

And there is speculation that she may well have been killed because of her religion. From the Washington Post: Rafah Toma survived one of the most horrific attacks on Iraq’s tiny Christian community – the siege on a Baghdad church two months ago that left 68 people dead – only to be gunned down in her [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

At the end of a brutal year, Iraq’s Christians continue to have faith — though many are now forced to practice it elsewhere. Shown above: An Iraqi girl prays during Mass at a Chaldean Catholic church in Amman, Jordan. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words

This is Christmas at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad: A shrine for Iraqi Christians who were killed in Al-Qaeda siege is erected at the Sayidat al-Nejat (Our Lady of Salvation) Church in Baghdad on December 23. Faced with renewed threats by Al-Qaeda and still mourning the church massacre, Christmas for Iraq’s Christian community [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“It is painful to think that in some areas of the world it is impossible to profess one’s religion freely except at the risk of life and personal liberty. In other areas we see more subtle and sophisticated forms of prejudice and hostility towards believers and religious symbols. At present, Christians are the religious group [Read More...]

Iraq building walls around churches

A sad sign of the times. From Catholic News Agency: Concrete walls up to 10 feet high are being built around churches in Baghdad and Mosul to protect Christmas churchgoers from violence. The barriers are the Iraqi government’s response to reports of increased threats to churches and other Christian communities ahead of Christmas. Normally celebrations [Read More...]