World News: No Christmas truce for anti-Christian violence

Source: FSSPX News

Violent attacks against Christians did not stop during celebrations of the Nativity of Jesus Christ.  On the contrary, Christmas Eve was the occasion for numerous outrages and threats against the faithful.  In the southern part of the Philippines, on the island of Jolo, which is destabilized by an Islamist rebellion, six persons were wounded by the explosion of a bomb during the celebration of midnight Mass.

On December 24 Nigeria witnessed a series of bombings and unprecedented attacks against Protestant houses of prayer.  In the central part of the country, in Jos, which marks the boundary between the preponderantly Muslim North and the mainly Christian South, at least fifty persons died and seventy others were wounded.  Violent incidents were reported further north also, in the town of Maiduguri, where men presumably from an Islamist sect attacked three churches, burning down one of them and causing six deaths, according to the army.

In Iraq on December 30 at least two Christians perished and twelve persons were wounded in six crimes committed within less than two hours against houses belonging to Christians in Baghdad.

Finally, on January 1 in Egypt, an attack with a car-bomb struck the Coptic Orthodox Church of Al-Kidissine in Alexandria, causing twenty-one deaths and wounding dozens.  (Sources : Apic/AFP - DICI no. 228 dated January 22, 2011)

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