Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Open Doors: Iraq

Coordinated Blasts Rock Churches in Iraq

Four Iraqi churches and three convents were damaged in coordinated bomb blasts on Sunday. “Three churches in Baghdad and three in Mosul were hit without fatalities,” Bishop Andreas Abouna told Compass from Baghdad on Monday. He said the blasts occurred within five minutes of each other at approximately eleven in the morning. Father Bashar Warda of St. Peter’s Seminary said that the coordinated bombings sent a clear warning to Christians on the Feast of the Epiphany, which is also known as Christmas Eve day for several of Iraq’s indigenous churches. “There has been much violence against the Sunni and Shiites, while the Christians have been left alone, at least for [the past few months],” Warda told Compass. He said that the blasts let Christians know that, “whatever [violence] is happening around the country, you [Christians] will be part of it also.” Read full story

Please pray:
  • That the damage to the churches and convents will not impair the ministry in their communities and it will be quickly fixed with minimal costs. (2 Kings 12:5)
  • And give thanks to the Lord that there were no fatalities! (Psalm 78:4)
  • That the death threats and bombings will cease. (Deuteronomy 11:25)

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