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Iraqi archbishop: martyrdom may awaken Christians elsewhere

Catholic World News - 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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