Dominican nuns serve heroically in midst of Iraq’s violence  from Catholic

“Early in the crisis, especially in 2003 and 2004, most of Iraq’s hospitals closed down,” she added. “We run Al-Hayat Hospital in Baghdad, and we stayed opened. We stayed open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We stayed open for the people.”

The Dominicans have been serving in Iraq since the thirteenth century.

“The War in Iraq has drawn the attention of the Christian world to the presence there of a native church with roots extending all the way back to Apostolic times. There are also about 200 Dominicans there. Dominican friars first came to Mesopotamia, the country the world now calls Iraq, in the thirteenth century.  They established a small community in Baghdad to minister to Christians there  and to study Arabic and the culture and history of the people at the University of Baghdad. A church and priory were built in Mosul in the northern part of the country.”

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