Al Qaeda attacked the Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad during Sunday mass, and 52 are dead.
Lieutenant General Hussein Kamal, a deputy interior minister said 52 hostages and police were killed and 67 wounded in the incident, which ended with police storming the Assyrian Catholic church to free more than 100 hostages seized by guerrillas.
"What happened was more than a catastrophic and tragic event. In my opinion, it is an attempt to force Iraqi Christians to leave Iraq and to empty Iraq of Christians," Human Rights Minister Wijdan Michael, a Christian, said at the scene.
Al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq, claimed responsibility in a statement posted on Islamist websites for the attack on "the dirty den of idolatry."
Pope Benedict, in today's angelus for All Saints Day, said
Last evening, in a grave attack on the Syriac-Catholic cathedral of Baghdad, there were scores of deaths and injuries, among them two priests and a group of the faithful there for Sunday's Holy Mass. I pray for the victims of this absurd violence, even more ferocious in that it has been inflicted upon defenseless people gathered in God's house, which is a house of love and reconciliation
Today is All Saints Day and the new martyrs will add to the "Cloud of Witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1).
Below is the gorgeous Litany to the Saints sung in Latin.
Posted by Jill Fallon at November 1, 2010 11:39 AM | Permalink