Â BAGHDAD â€” The Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly, patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, led a Christmas morning mass today at the Virgin Mary convent church in Baghdadâ€™s Karada neighborhood.
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The cardinal compared the situation in Iraq to the situation at Jesusâ€™s birth: â€œArenâ€™t our hearts as cruel as the hearts of the people of Bethlehem at that time?â€
Among those attending the mass was Ammar Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, who is expected to succeed his father Abdul Aziz al-Hakim as the head of powerful Shiite political party known as the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. Also in attendance was Iraqâ€™s minister of human rights, Wijdan Mikhail, one of the few high-ranking Christians in the Iraqi government