Sunday, December 16, 2012
The Shi'ite Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Sayid Ahmad al Hassani al Baghdadi announced his call to murder Christians with the Egyptian television broadcaster Al Baghdadia. Al Baghdadi, which belongs to one of the most radical members of the Islamic Jihad, is calling Christians as polytheists and friends of Zionists. Al Baghdadi's call to the Christian minority of Iraq reads: "Convert to Islam or Die". The women and girls of the Christians "can be legally considered to be wives of Muslims", said the Grand Ayatollah. Al Baghdadi, who was born in Nadjaff in Iraq, is one of the "holy cities" of Shi'ite Islam, lives today in Syria and there supports the armed struggle of Islamists.
The Catholics of Bagdad regard the Fatwa as "extremely troubling". Whatever effect they will have, they should not be underestimated. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, of the Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, undertook the re-consecration of the Cathedral. In his sermon he spoke of the murdered Christians in 2010, that the tears and the blood of martyrs are seedlings, which will bring forth new fruit. Cardinal Sandri held a five day visit to Iraq, in order to strengthen the Christians there during the year of Faith.
Text: Asianews/Giuseppe Nardi