For the second year in a row (last year's story here), Christmas Midnight Mass has been cancelled in Iraq. The announcement came from the Most Reverend Louis Sako, Archbishop of Kirkuk, who recently dedicated a memorial to the Christian martyrs of Kirkuk since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
This sad news comes on the heel of news that Christianity in Iraq and in Afghanistan may soon be irradicated.
Let us tone down our celebrations of Christmas again this year in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Middle Christ. May our Lord come quickly!