Iraqi Catholics celebrate Easter
By DIAA HADID | Associated Press
BAGHDAD (AP) Iraq's Catholic Christians flocked to churches to celebrate Easter Sunday, praying, singing and rejoicing in the resurrection of Christ behind high blast walls and tight security cordons.
It was the first Easter since the election of Pope Francis in Rome, and worshipers said they hoped their new spiritual leader would help strengthen their tiny community that has shrunk under the joint pressures of militant attacks and economic hardships.
At the St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Baghdad, some 200 worshipers stood and sat during parts of the Easter mass led by Father Saad Sirop.
I had a family relative stationed at JB Balad in Iraq in 1996. All of their house boys were Christians. Women were not allowed because of customs and they chose Christians as they were not seen as a threat. Just before Thanksgiving his mother sent him a Creshe and he put it on his dresser. Shortly after that his house boy came in and his eyes popped wide open when he saw it.<quoted text>
Why don't you inform us how many catholics in Iraq prior to Saddam's demise and how many AFTER he was hanged, Rogue.
He said they had heard of them but never seen one as the were not even allowed to have a cross when Saddamn was in power. To have an Christian symbol was grounds for execution. A few weeks later he was informed he would be in the advanced party and would return home the week before Christmas so a few days before his departure he gave it to his house boy.
Even though Saddamn was no longer around he was afraid even to take it through the gate so he escorted his house boy to the gate that evening. I know how evil you think we are but we set them free. Sure they may not have the freedom we have in America, or you do in Canada, but they are much freer now that Saddamn is gone.
Now Jacques, can you tell us just how many people died BY the hands of Americans in Iraq? Now, how many Americans died during our Civil War in the 1860's? And how many are dying in Syria right now? Civil Wars are the worst wars but if the Iraqis and Syrians want freedom, they must be fought.
Oh, would you still want Saddamn alive and in power?