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Iraqi archbishop: martyrdom may awaken Christians elsewhere

December 31, 2010

“For us Christians of Iraq, martyrdom is the charism of our Church,” said Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, Iraq, as the final day of 2010 saw a string of bombings aimed at Christian targets.

The December 31 bombings, which struck the homes of Christian families in Baghdad, left 2 dead and 12 wounded, and reinforced the fears of the Christian families who have not yet fled the country. The bombs struck a neighborhood near the church of Our Lady of Salvation, the site of am October 31 massacre.

“The government is not doing anything,” said Archbishop Sako. “Attacking Christians has become a normal phenomenon in Iraq.” He voiced the hope that the bloodshed would awaken the consciences of Christians living elsewhere in the world.


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