Dominican Sisters Flee Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq, JAN. 24, 2005 ( The Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation have left Mosul, Iraq, and have relocated to Syria and Jordan.

In a statement reported by Vidimus Dominum, the women religious explained that “in order to save their own lives they had to leave everything behind.” Their convent is located in between the U.S. Army base and various anti-U.S. communities.

Last week, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Basil Georges Casmoussa was briefly held by kidnappers in Mosul.

The Dominican congregation has seven communities in Iraq, with 40 sisters who work in education, in health care at St. Raphael’s Hospital in Baghdad, and in a rehabilitation center for young people.