Dominican Sisters Clarify They Will Stay in Iraq

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BARCELONA, Spain, JAN. 25, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The Dominican Sisters of the Presentation will stay in Iraq, explained Sister Nuria Gaza to ZENIT, clarifying recent reports that said they were leaving Mosul.



Sister Gaza, who has lived in Iraq and now coordinates from Barcelona the aid to communities in that country, said "our sisters will never leave Iraq" because they are Iraqis "and believe they have a mission in their land, not only toward Christians but toward the whole population."

The community of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation in Mosul has been deactivated because of threats, but it has not been closed, Sister Gaza said.

"The young religious have gone to the north, to their families' villages, and they go to Mosul every now and then to look after the house, accompanied by a man of the family," said Sister Gaza. She had spoken over the phone with one of the women religious in Iraq.

The Mosul community is one of seven the religious congregation has in Iraq. They have a university residence in Mosul run by young religious.