Gaza's Catholic leader calls off midnight Mass

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December 24, 2006 19:14

The head of Gaza's tiny Roman Catholic community on Sunday canceled Christmas eve's Midnight Mass celebration, citing recent Palestinian infighting between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements. Father Manuel Musallem said Christian children in Gaza are scared, especially after the three young sons of a Palestinian security officer were gunned down in broad daylight as they went to school two weeks ago. "The children told me Santa Claus won't come this year because it's too dangerous," he said.


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