You all have heard by now about the terrorist attack on the Catholic Church in Bagdad. Here is The Catholic Herald on the attack.
Christians have been taking it on the chin in Iraq for a very long time.
9 Islamic terrorists with suicide bombs entered the church. The first thing they did was shoot one of the three priests they would kill. The demanded the release of al-Qaeda members held in Iraq and Egypt.
Al-Qaeda seems to be more in the news these days.
37 were killed and 56 wounded.
This is speculation on my part, but I wonder if targeting the Catholic Church specifically in this attack is blow back of some kind following the Synod on the Middle East.
The people killed in that church may have been killed because they were Catholic Christians, not just because they were a random easy target.
If they were targeted also because of hatred of Christ and his disciples, then the people who died, died as martyrs.
On the Feast of All Saints, when we celebrate also those whose names we do not now know, pray for the repose of the souls of those who die who did not die as martyrs.
Pray to the holy martyrs in heaven to help us in this time of need.