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Master General Calls on Dominican Family to Pray Together on September 21st

SANTA SABINA, August 16, 2006---The Master of the Order, fr. Carlos Aspiros Costa, OP has invited all Dominican friars, sisters, nuns, laity, associates and friends to join together in private and public prayer for peace on September 21st, 2006.

Citing the recent escalation of violence and death in the Middle East and with continuing concern for the people of Iraq, bro. Carlos said, " It is an uncertain and critical time, one which calls us to deepen our faith in a God of peace and in hope that peace will return to the region and to other troubled areas of our world."

Wrap the World In Prayer for Peace is an invitation for Dominicans around the globe to be in solidarity with each other and especially with the Dominican Family in Iraq and the Middle East who have suffered untold fear, distress and terror.

September 21st was selected because it is already a world-wide day of prayer for peace established by the United Nations. Dominican justice promoters around the world will coordinate and encourage Dominicans to engage in public prayer and community prayers on that day.

In the United States, the Iraq Coordinating Committee, including the North American Co-Promoters of Justice, Dusty Farnan, OP (Adrian) and Philippe Leblanc, OP (Canada) has been preparing materials for distribution through the justice promoters in each congregation and province.

The International Commission is encouraging Dominicans to engage in public acts of prayer, processions, vigils and other ways to invite others to join in the prayer. Motherhouse communities are also encouraged to participate in what ever way seems appropriate.

Related Links

Full text of letter from the Master General

Letter from International Justice Co-Promoters

United Nations International Day of Peace website

Suggested Prayers and ways to participate

Recent Messages from Dominicans in Iraq



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