Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2017 / 02:11 am
Three years ago, there were 73 nuns with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena living in Kurdistan. Since the Islamic State captured the Plain of Nineveh in 2014, one-third of them have died.
Sister Silvia is one of the survivors. Surrounded by devastation, she said that she is praying for those who persecute her community, and learning how to forgive them.
"We pray for them every day as sisters. We pray for them, for those bringing peace, for our soldiers, for those who help people have a better life," she told CNA.
"This prayer helps us forgive – not to forget, because you can't forget, but to not hate the other person. If we hate others, that means that we're doing what the devil wants, not what Jesus wants."