The blood of our fallen heroes cries out to the world and all humanity, and urges the Christians of Iraq, wherever we are, to "preach" to the world about the suffering and risen Christ who lives in our wounded land.
That's from Father Albert Hisham Naoum (Zenit). I bumped into a friend from church this evening when Cedric and I ran to the grocery store because all we had was Progresso soup in the kitchen and we weren't in the mood. (Well we had a few pizzas in the freezer but we ate one last night.) So we got some shrimp-pasta thing and I bumped into my friend who said, "Ann!" Immediately I knew, just from the tone, what she was talking about. Since the siege of the Church on October 31st, we've really been following the news at my church, the news about the targeting of Iraq's Christians. It's been covered here every day because I repost the snapshot and C.I.'s covered this story intensely. But I haven't written a single word about it.
I can't imagine being in my church on a Sunday evening and suddenly we hear noise outside and these men with guns and bombs come charging in, waiving their guns, and then start killing.
At some point last week, C.I. made the point that you just don't expect that to happen in a place of worship and it's really true. You just do not expect it.
So it's really allowed my church to follow Iraq more intensely.
Interesting discussion on Iraq's efforts to form a government here at PBS' NewsHour. In that segment, I agreed with the male analyst much more than the female one.
But Iraq has no prime minister as of today, it has a nominee. If he can pull together a Cabinet and get it passed by Parliament, he will go on to be the prime minister but, since that hasn't been done yet, he's not prime minister (Nouri), he's just the nominee or designate.
Yesterday on NPR's Fresh Air, they found a woman: Loretta Lynne. And gave her over 30 minutes. (Remained went to a male, actor.)
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"