November 3, 2010 (San Diego's East County) – East County’s Iraqi Christians will hold a prayer gathering tonight from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Prescott Promenade at 201 East Main Street, El Cajon.
A crowd of 500 or more is expected to attend the gathering, which is held in remembrance of Iraqi Christians massacred November 1st in an Al Qaeda attack on a Catholic church in Iraq.
According to Asia News, the church was targeted during a mass ceremony in retaliation for Iraqi forces that led a raid to free Christians taken hostage by terrorists tied to Al Qaeda in Iraq. An estimated 55 to 60 people, including two priests, were killed during the terrorists’ attack on a Syriac Catholic church and another 70 were injured. For details, see http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Al-Qaeda-attack-on-Baghdad-church-ends-in....
El Cajon is home to more than 40,000 Iraqi Chaldean Christians, many of whom fled war-torn Iraq due to religious persecution. Mar Sahad Y. Jammo, bishop of the Chaldean Diocese at St. Peter the Apostle church in El Cajon and other religoius leaders will participate in the viigil to show solidarity with victims and their families locally. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 7 at St. Sophia's church in Spring Valley.