|In Baghdad, an Encore of "Murder in the Cathedral"|
|by Sandro Magister||Tue, Dec 7, 2010, 03:34 pm|
The truth about the massacre in the Syriac Catholic church. Elimination of Christians as the prime objective of Islamist ideology. The pope meets with the survivors. And issues an appeal to the world
It was Wednesday, December 1, at the end of the general audience. Four days later, at the Angelus on Sunday the 7th, pope Joseph Ratzinger again prayed for the victims of the "continual attacks that are taking place in
During those same days, the pope cited other "situations of violence, of intolerance, of suffering that there are in the world." But the insistent reference to
In effect, the attacks on Christians in the country of the Tigris and
The October 31 attack on the Syriac Catholic cathedral in Baghdad, with 58 dead and many dozens wounded, attacked while they were celebrating the Mass, has been seen in the Vatican as a revealing event.
The dynamics of the massacre leave no doubt. The attackers were wearing explosive belts. They opened fire and threw grenades shouting, "You will all go to hell, but we to paradise. Allah is most great."
During the five hour attack, the terrorists prayed twice and recited the Qur'an as in a mosque.
They devastated the altar, used the crucifix for target practice, and terrorized the children simply because they were "infidels."
What happened over those five terrible hours became known days later, little by little, thanks to the testimonies of the many wounded who were taken for treatment to
Another concern of the pope and of other churchmen concerns the scarce interest that Western governments and public opinion are showing toward these anti-Christian attacks.
If one then looks within the Muslim world, the indifference with which such acts are allowed free rein appears even greater. Voices of condemnation are raised rarely, and feebly. Islamist terrorism seems to be – in common opinion – a simple excess instead of an unacceptable crime.
What seems to find further confirmation here is the idea according to which violence against the infidel is something intrinsic to Islam in general, and not a distortion of it: an idea that was at the center of the lecture in Regensburg, and that pope Ratzinger maintains can be reversed only with an "Enlightenment revolution" on the part of Islam itself.
But to return to the attack on the Syrian Catholic cathedral in
Another dramatic account, gathered by the survivors, was released the same day on "Asia News," the online agency directed by Fr. Bernardo Cervellera of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.
Members of an Al-Qaeda cell held responsible for the attack in the cathedral have been arrested. The Iraqi authorities have promised special protection measures. But the exodus of Christians from
OUR LADY OF THE MASSACRE
OUR LADY OF THE MASSACRE
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