Residents lift pictures of victims killed in an attack on the Our Lady of Salvation church, during a funeral at St. Joseph Chaldean church in Baghdad. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
On this All Souls Day, I snatched a moment from local political concerns to attend to stories of the terrible massacre at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad. Fifty-eight Iraqis died -- one more horrible episode in the destruction of one of the world's oldest religiously diverse nations.
I was reminded of this passage from Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, an epic history about which I plan to write more in the future.