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Open letter: solemn declaration regarding the situation of Christians in Iraq

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July 24, 2014

dominicanMESSAGES - The General Chapter of the Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin meeting in Tours, France, who are present in 36 countries, including Iraq since 1873, declares being extremely upset about the tragic situation of Christians in Iraq.

We totally agree with the declaration of “very deep concern” of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, on July 20. 2014.

The Chapter members are requesting that the national and international media make known this “crime against humanity.”

We implore the Government Leaders of the Super Powers and International Institutions to do all that they can to put an end to this organized massacre of a people, a culture, and a history dating back thousands of years.

We ask them to set up as quickly as possible places of welcome worthy of these exiles and refugees.

The General Chapter is fully united with the efforts of Pope Francis, the Churches of Iraq, the Bishop Conferences of the various countries, and the Order of Saint Dominic denouncing these elementary Human Rights violations. We entreat all women and men of good will to work for peace for all, in order that each one can live in security on her or his land, with respect for his or her faith and identity.

Tours, July 22, 2014

Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation

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