Peace Must Prevail

Justice promoters: forgo violent rhetoric, break cycle of violence with iran

SINSINAWA, Wis.—Promoters of Justice for Dominican Sisters and Brothers nationwide call upon the United States government to forgo violent rhetoric and preparations for retaliatory attacks against Iran. The January 3 assassination in Baghdad of Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani by the United States has destabilized U.S. relationships with Iran and Iraq and led to the deployment of 3,000 additional U.S. troops to the region.

A statement released by the Dominican Iraq Coordinating Committee, a subcommittee of the Dominican national justice organization, states it is "critical that the circle of violence be broken and alternative and peaceful pathways to resolving the conflict be found." Tap here to read the full statement.

Dominicans in the United States feel a special responsibility for speaking out on issues of justice involving the Middle East because of their long and warm relationship with Dominicans who serve there. U.S. Dominicans including Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters Reg McKillip, OP, and Roberta Popara, OP, have participated in delegations to Iraq. Many Iraqi Dominicans have reciprocated with visits to the United States, and ties between members of the Order of Preachers in both nations remain strong.

The Sinsinawa Dominicans are part of a worldwide Dominican family, the Order of Preachers. For over 800 years, Dominicans have continued to preach the Gospel in word and deed. Today, thousands of sisters, nuns, priests, brothers, associates, and laity minister in more than 100 countries around the world.

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