September 25, 2000 |
More than 1,700 Iraqi Christians crowded into separate church services Sunday to celebrate the release of 46 Iraqi immigrants from U.S. custody and call for the release of others being detained in Mexico. "It is difficult to describe it," said 28-year-old Mufeed Yousif, one of 16 Chaldean Christians released by Immigration and Naturalization Service officials Saturday.
December 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The State Department condemned twin Christmas Day attacks on Christians in Iraq that killed at least 37 people. One car bomb, which killed at least 26 people, went off near a church in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad during Christmas Mass. Another bomb exploded in an outdoor market in another nearby Christian neighborhood, killing 11. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad said the Christian community in Iraq “has suffered deliberate and senseless targeting by terrorists for many years, as have other Iraqis.” It said it “condemns in the strongest terms” the attacks.
December 26, 2013 |
One of the saddest unintended consequences of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has been the progressive de-Christianization of the country, home to churches that trace their lineage to the earliest days of the religion. In reporting on Christmas Day bombings in Christian areas of Baghdad, the New York Times noted that there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 but that the number is now half that. The attrition of the Christian population may not have been foreseen by President George W. Bush (who, ironically, was suspected by some Muslims of plotting a literal "crusade" in the region)
December 25, 2002 |
President Saddam Hussein said Tuesday that U.N. weapons inspections, if fair, would expose American "lies" and prove that Iraq is free of weapons of mass destruction. In a Christmas Eve message read on state television, he also said that an "American-Zionist campaign" was being launched and that the threat of a large-scale military campaign was growing. He questioned whether a U.N. Security Council resolution to disarm Iraq would proceed as intended.
April 18, 1992 |
For many Iraqi Christians, the Persian Gulf War never ended. So says a new report by U.S. Catholic refugee officials. The report cites a "pervasive pattern" of discrimination against Christians in Iraq and in Turkish refugee camps. "For Christians, it's a lose-lose situation," says the report by Migration and Refugee Services, an arm of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
January 1, 2011 |
A devastating New Year's Day terrorist bombing at a Coptic church in Egypt that killed 21 people was the latest in a spate of violent assaults against the Middle East's vulnerable Christian communities. The car bomb explosion also injured 79 people just after midnight Saturday as worshipers were leaving a New Year's Mass at the Saints Church in east Alexandria, Egyptian officials said. The bombing sparked street clashes between police and angry Copts, who hurled stones, stormed a nearby mosque and threw some of its books into the street.