After the procession, we met a group of Catholics from Iraq. The priest told us stories about the members of his parish who had recently been martyred for their Catholic Faith. Interestingly, he commented that more Catholics are being killed now that Saddam Hussein has been removed from power. He said that Saddam protected all Christians in order to avoid retaliation from America. Now, churches are being burned, and Christians are being murdered.
The Chaldean Catholic priest then blessed us all in Aramaic - the language of Jesus.