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By Maj. Kirk Luedeke, 4IBCT, 1IDsDecember 27, 2007

BAGHDAD - An altar boy eagerly rings a bell to celebrate Christmas at the conclusion of mass held at the St. John's Chaldean Church in Doura. After receiving the sacrament, the congregation's children were treated to a visit by Santa Claus.
(U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kirk Luedeke, 4IBCT, 1ID)
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD - An altar boy eagerly rings a bell to celebrate Christmas at the conclusion of mass held at the St. John's Chaldean Church in Doura. After receiving the sacrament, the congregation's children were treated to a visit by Santa Claus. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kirk Luedeke, 4IBCT, 1ID) (Photo Credit: Maj. Kirk Luedeke, 4IBCT, 1ID) VIEW ORIGINAL
BAGHDAD - A Christian woman from receives Communion from Chaldean Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni during Christmas Morning mass at the St. John's Church in Doura. The Church opened its doors again Nov. 15 after closing them in May due to the Al Qaeda and extremist threat in southern Baghdad. Chaldean Christians in the area have attended services regularly since then.
(U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kirk Luedeke, 4IBCT, 1ID)
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – BAGHDAD - A Christian woman from receives Communion from Chaldean Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni during Christmas Morning mass at the St. John's Church in Doura. The Church opened its doors again Nov. 15 after closing them in May due to the Al Qaeda and extremist threat in southern Baghdad. Chaldean Christians in the area have attended services regularly since then. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kirk Luedeke, 4IBCT, 1ID) (Photo Credit: Maj. Kirk Luedeke, 4IBCT, 1ID) VIEW ORIGINAL