BREAKING NEWS: Four Iraq Christians Killed In Bombings

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BREAKING NEWS: Four Iraq Christians Killed In Bombings
BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BosNewsLife)-- Iraqi Christians "requested prayers" Wednesday, December 16,
after at least four people were killed in bombings targeting churches and a Christian school
in Iraq's troubled northern city of Mosul, a Christian advocacy group confirmed.
Middle East Concern (MEC), which has close contacts with churches in the area, told BosNewsLife
that one of three bombs rocked a Syriac Catholic Church early Tuesday, December 15. "Four people were killed,
possibly bystanders, when a second bomb exploded 10 minutes later and grenades were thrown at a nearby
Christian school," MEC said.
"That afternoon a larger bomb at a Syriac Orthodox Church caused significant damage, injuring a number
of people," the group added.
The attacks followed the bombing on November 26 of two other church properties in Mosul. "There were no casualties,
though a Chaldean Catholic Church was virtually destroyed," MEC said.
Church leaders in Mosul have reportedly described these attacks as "the latest in a campaign to force Christians
to leave" the area.
MEC said church leaders in Iraq's capital Baghdad have been warned by authorities that further bomb attacks
might target church buildings, especially during the Christmas period.
"These attacks have occurred within a context of an increased number of bomb attacks, which many regard
as part of a campaign to destabilize the country in the run up to parliamentary elections scheduled for early
next year," MEC said.
Recent large bomb attacks in Baghdad targeted government buildings, although some nearby churches properties,
the Anglican Church and the offices of the Chaldean patriarch were reportedly damaged.
"Nobody was injured" when the patriarch offices were damaged, "because all staff were attending mass at
the time," MEC said.
MEC said that Iraqi Christians have urged fellow believers to pray for "protection as they attend worship
services over the Christmas period" and that "the bereaved will know the peace and comfort of Jesus."
In statements Iraqi Christians also asked for prayers for the injured and that "The perpetrators" will
seek "the Father's forgiveness..." They urged authorities to provide "adequate protection, and actively
promote religious and other forms of tolerance."
Iraq hosted at least 750,000 Christians when the U.S.-led invasion began five years ago but many, if not most of
them, are believed to have fled to neighboring countries.

By Worthy News Middle East Service

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (Worthy News)-- Iraqi Christians "requested prayers" Wednesday, December 16, after at least four people were killed in bombings targeting churches and a Christian school in Iraq's troubled northern city of Mosul, a Christian advocacy group confirmed.

Middle East Concern (MEC), which has close contacts with churches in the area, told Worthy News and its partner agency BosNewsLife that one of three bombs rocked a Syriac Catholic Church early Tuesday, December 15. "Four people were killed, possibly bystanders, when a second bomb exploded 10 minutes later and grenades were thrown at a nearby Christian school," MEC said.

"That afternoon a larger bomb at a Syriac Orthodox Church caused significant damage, injuring a number of people," the group added.

The attacks followed the bombing on November 26 of two other church properties in Mosul. "There were no casualties,  though a Chaldean Catholic Church was virtually destroyed," MEC said.  Church leaders in Mosul have reportedly described these attacks as "the latest in a campaign to force Christians to leave" the area.

WARNING FROM AUTHORITIES

MEC said church leaders in Iraq's capital Baghdad have been warned by authorities that further bomb attacks might target church buildings, especially during the Christmas period.

"These attacks have occurred within a context of an increased number of bomb attacks, which many regard as part of a campaign to destabilize the country in the run up to parliamentary elections scheduled for early next year," MEC said.

BOMB ATTACKS

Recent large bomb attacks in Baghdad targeted government buildings, although some nearby churches properties, the Anglican Church and the offices of the Chaldean patriarch were reportedly damaged.

"Nobody was injured" when the patriarch offices were damaged, "because all staff were attending mass at the time," MEC said. MEC said that Iraqi Christians have urged fellow believers to pray for "protection as they attend worship services over the Christmas period" and that "the bereaved will know the peace and comfort of Jesus."

In statements Iraqi Christians also asked for prayers for the injured and that "The perpetrators" will seek "the Father's forgiveness..." They urged authorities to provide "adequate protection, and actively promote religious and other forms of tolerance."

Iraq hosted at least 750,000 Christians when the U.S.-led invasion began five years ago but many, if not most of them, are believed to have fled to neighboring countries. (With reporting by Worthy News' Stefan J. Bos).

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  1. Praying!

    "These things I command you, that ye love one another.
    If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
    If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
    Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
    But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
    If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
    He that hateth me hateth my Father also." John 15:17-23

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