» 11/26/2009, 00.00
Mosul: Christian buildings attacked, Church of Saint Ephrem levelled
At present, there is no information about casualties. Attackers carried out their action in broad daylight without any opposition. The methods used are like those used in the attack against the Bishop’s Palace in 2004. Christian sources say the “attack was like a Mafia warning”, a message to Christians “to leave the city.” The faithful are left with anger, disappointment and fear.
Car bombs against three churches in Kirkuk
It is the first terrorist attack against Christian targets in the city. Harm against people and property are still to be determined.
Bomb against Dominican church in Mosul
The blast took place on November 1 destroying the entrance to the friars' church. No one was hurt. The situation for Christians is getting worse. After a Syro-Orthodox priest was decapitated many clergymen are afraid of wearing clerical robes, but prayers are encouraging hope. "It's our duty not to despair".
Card Gracias calls on Joseph of Nazareth for help against violence on women
The archbishop of Mumbai co-celebrated Mass on the feast day dedicated to the saint. In his homily, he mentioned "the atrocities that happen in so many parts of our country and for the Middle East," as well as "the nun who was violated" in West Bengal. Today, the prelate also led a Mass of reparation for the attack on the convent of Jesus and Mary.
Mosul armed group kills 16 year old Christian on doorstep of home
Rami Katchik belongs to the Armenian community. The murder occurred in the neighbourhood of Tahrir. The police say motive is not yet clear. Fr. Hazem Girgis, a local priest: It is one of the many crimes committed to eradicate Christians from the area and force them to leave.
Shanghai church draws Korean pilgrims
Church building was torn down and rebuilt as part of Pudong district's redevelopment plans. Koreans visit the site to see relic of Saint Andrew Kim, the first Korean martyr.
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