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Bomb rattles Catholic orphanage in Baghdad

A bomb exploded next to the Baghdad orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity, causing considerable damage to the property.

Zenit quotes an Italian Avvenire newspaper report suggesting that the institution's 22 orphans were playing when the bomb went off on Saturday. It says most of the orphanage's windows were shattered, with the exception of those of the room where the children were playing.

The residence is called Dar al-Mahabha, or House of Love. It shelters children with severe psychophysical dysfunctions, neurological malformations and genetic problems.

The bomb was hidden between the footpath, on which the residence is located, and a car parked six metres from the entrance. The car was destroyed in the explosion.

"What do these innocent children have to do with what is going on?" asked one of the Indian nuns.

Until a year ago, American women soldiers brought toys for the children in the orphanage. After two attacks on that street, however, the nuns had to ask them to stop visiting.

Last August, several Christian churches were attacked in Iraq.

Bomb Rattles Catholic Orphanage in Baghdad (Zenit 22/9/04)

I cristiani sotto tiro a Baghdad: colpito l'orfanotrofio delle suore (Avvenire 19/9/04)
A place for love in a time of war (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 22/12/03)
On a gentler mission ( 17/3/04)

The Holy See: international community must support Allawi ( 23/9/04)
Iraq: Comboni Sisters, Sudan as well Women Suffering from War and Abuse (Vidimus Dominum 23/9/04)
The two Simonas: Italian pacifists helping Iraqi children (Sydney Morning Herald 24/9/04)
Plan to Promote Long-Distance "Adoption" of Priests in Iraq (Zenit 22/9/04)
Cardinal Sodano urges support for Iraq (Catholic World News 22/9/04)
Cardinal asks for the avoidance of innocent civilian death in Iraq (Catholic News Agency 17/9/04)

24 Sep 2004