Iraqi Christians Memorialize Victims of Qaida Massacre

Monday, November 08, 2010

An Iraqi refugee holds the cross in one hand and a picture of slain Syriac Catholic priests, 32-year-old Taher Saadallah Boutros, known as Father Athir (R), and Father Wasim Sabih, 27, Nov. 7 2010. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty)

Yesterday, Christians in Iraq held a mass to memorialize the victims of an al-Qaida massacre at a Catholic church in Baghdad two Sundays ago, in which 58 people died. Here in the U.S., Iraqi Christians held services in local churches.  Many are worried that Christians in Iraq have become a new, favored target of Islamic militants.

Many Iraqi Christians have relocated to American cities, including Detroit and San Diego, in recent years.  We wanted to get a sense of how community members are dealing with these latest attacks on Christians in Iraq. Joseph Kassab, is the Executive Director of the Chaldean Federation of America.  He says his community is in mourning and searching for a way to help their friends and family back in Baghdad. 

Andre Anton lost two cousins in last week’s massacre at the Iraqi church, Our Lady of Salvation.  He is planning rallies around the world to bring attention to the plight of Iraqi Christians.


Andre Anton and Joseph Kassab

Comments [1]

Native Assyrian from Canada

I believe Andre Anton was misquoted in the above excerpt. He did not say "Christians and Syrians in Iraq." He said "Christian Assyrians in Iraq." He was putting the emphasis on the fact that these indigenous people are Assyrians who happened to be Christian. They were Assyrians long before becoming Christians. This is confirmed when he related them to the story of Jonah and the Ninevites in the Old Testament/Torah. Ninevites = Assyrians.

Apr. 08 2011 07:45 PM

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