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Attacks on Christians mar Christmas celebrations

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by carpro, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. carpro

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    Attacks on Christians mar Christmas celebrations

    VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Fresh attacks on Christians marred the Christmas holiday as Pope Benedict XVI led pleas by religious leaders for an end to persecution in Iraq and peace in the Middle East.

    While record crowds flocked to Bethlehem, the Palestinian town where Jesus Christ was believed to have been born, hundreds also defied Al-Qaeda threats to pack Our Lady of Salvation cathedral in Baghdad for Christmas mass.

    Although there were no immediate reports of Christians being targeted in the Middle East, bombings in other parts of the world highlighted the threats facing believers.