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500 religious leaders join Standing Rock Sioux in opposing oil pipeline


WASHINGTON (CNS) — When Sisters Aine O’Connor and Kathleen Erickson heard a call for a peaceful and prayerful presence on the front line of a campaign to protect sacred Sioux lands in North Dakota from a multibillion-dollar oil pipeline project, they knew they had to respond.

The two members of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas joined more than 500 ministers and religious leaders Nov. 4 for a day of prayer and conversation in south central North Dakota to confront what they contend is an ecological disaster waiting to happen.

“I was responding to the call to come and bear witness,” Sister O’Connor told Catholic News Service Nov. 4 as she prepared to return home to Baltimore.


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