Some Iraqi churches tone down holiday festivities over threats
December 23rd, 2010
10:44 AM ET

Some Iraqi churches tone down holiday festivities over threats

Some churches in Iraq plan to tone down holiday celebrations following violence targeting Christians in recent weeks.

Church leaders made the decision recently after a meeting in Iraq's Kurdish north, said Archbishop Louis Sako, the head of the Chaldean Church in Kirkuk.

There will be no Christmas Eve mass, no Santa or decorations at some churches during Christmas or the New Year, Sako said. Some churches will continue with Christmas Day mass as usual.

Cancellations don't include the relatively safe Kurdish region in northern Iraq.

Authorities said they will increase security around churches in Kirkuk. In Mosul, residents said celebrations have been canceled.

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    March 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  2. Keith

    Pray for the safety of these brothers and sisters. And to you of the religion of peace who condone these attacks by doing notihing-You Suck.

    December 23, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  3. NM


    December 23, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  4. automatic_ab

    Matthew 24:9 (King James Version)
    9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

    John 16:2 (King James Version)
    2They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
    • Peace2All


      I don't think your quoting passages in the bible are helping these people one iota.

      Just a thought...


      December 25, 2010 at 5:30 am |
  5. Fabiola Ribeiro

    May God be with them and protect them. GOD can do all, and if he wants them to celebrate Christmas together in his church he will do something for that to happen. Stay strong in the Lord brothers and sisters!

    December 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Fabiola Ribeiro

      And... if 'he'-god, doesn't want them to celebrate together, then we should consider that 'he'-god, will allow them to be harmed...?


      December 25, 2010 at 5:26 am |
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