Chaldean worshippers gather for All Saints’ mass, nearly ten years after Baghdad massacre

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Worshippers, wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attended a mass on All Saints’ Day at the Chaldean Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Baghdad on Sunday.

This comes a day after the ten year anniversary of a devastating massacre against the Iraqi capital’s Christian community, which saw the deaths of 58 people at the hands of al-Qaeda.

“For Assyrians, October 31 will always be a day of remembrance, reflection, and mourning as we struggle to comprehend the incomprehensible—the senseless act of evil that caused such a tragic loss of life ten years ago at Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Catholic Church in Baghdad,” reads a Saturday statement from the Assyrian Policy Institute. 

“We remain heartbroken by this heinous crime, and we continue to express our solidarity with the survivors, families, and friends who still bear the pain of this tragedy every day,” it adds.

?: Sabah Arar / AFP