December 24, 2010

For Christians in Iraq, a Christmas of mourning and fear

Nearly two months after a shocking assault by Islamist militants on Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church in Baghdad, the church will commemorate Christmas quietly, with daytime mass and prayers for the dead, under security fit more for a prison than a house of worship. It is the same at Christian churches across Baghdad and northern Iraq, where what's left of one of the world's oldest Christian communities prepares to mark perhaps the most somber Christmas since the start of the Iraq war.

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