The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Baghdad church killings

Pope Benedict XVI, the World Council of Churches and other religious groups and leaders condemned the Oct. 31 killings of nearly 60 people at a church in Baghdad, Iraq.

Gunmen wearing suicide vests from an al-Qaida-linked group stormed the Sayyidat al-Najat Church, taking more than 100 Catholics hostage.

When the police tried to intervene, officers and hostages were killed.

A statement from the Jerusalem-based Islamic and Christian Religious Leadership group said: "We from Jerusalem consider those who stand behind this murderous act as outside of any religion of God."


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