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During this past week, three U.S. Dominican Sisters and two Dominican brothers have been in Iraq. They have been visiting the Iraqi Dominican community and the Iraqi people displaced by war and terrorism. Here is a general map showing the region where so many are living a nightmare far from their homes, churches, jobs, schools, and communities.

Dominicans throughout the US and Europe are praying on special days during the time of the Delegation. The day designated for prayer for the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids is today, Thursday, Jan. 15th. This is the day that the Delegation returns to the United States.

We hold all the Iraqi people in prayer and we pray for peace, safety, and hope for all the people. Please include a special remembrance of the Iraqi people today. Below is a suggested prayer, please add your own words for our brothers and sisters who are suffering under very difficult circumstances.

“Lord, the plight of (Iraq) is deep… and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening. Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare (their) lives, and to grant (them) patience, and courage to continue (their) witness of Christian values with trust and hope.”

Lord, peace is the foundation of life; grant us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy. Glory be to you forever.”

— Written by Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako of Iraq

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