At least 38 people have died in bomb attacks in Christian areas of Baghdad, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Soon there may not be any Christians left. The parallel with the plight of Iraq's Jews is not lost on Monsignor Pios Cacha of St Joseph's church, where 14 were killed. (With thanks: Maier)
A car bomb targeted a church in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday as worshippers left after Christmas Mass, killing at least 14 people, most of them Christians, security officials said.
The blast in the Dura area of south Baghdad also wounded more than 30 people, the sources said.
"The attack targeted the church, and most of the martyrs are Christians," a police colonel. "The attack happened when worshippers were leaving the church" after a service.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
"The church is a place of love and peace, and not for wars," Cacha said.
Earlier in the year, Cacha had said that "maybe we will follow in the steps of our Jewish brothers," referring to a once-thriving community that is now practically non-existent.
Iraq has seen its Christian population sharply decline in the years since 2003.